Nicolas Ghesquière’s collections for Balenciaga always seem to be anchored somewhere in the future, but his Resort 2013 collection is a nod to the past, presenting much more functionality and understated femininity than the futuristic designs that have become the fashion house’s signature of late. He was inspired by a selection of costumes which Cristobal Balenciaga had created in the 1930’s for a ballet performance of Maurice Ravel’s Boléro and as an avid of the ballet, the influence is palpable in the femininity and functionality of the designs from their beautiful ruffled hems to their form-fitting and molded bodices.
Ghesquière juxtaposed the soft and fluid elements of his ballet-inspired pieces and bow-detailed booties with hard textures and styling including leather, harnesses, athletic-inspired raglan tops, and boxy silhouettes, bringing in the brand’s signature aesthetic.
Workwear and menswear-inspired designs also had a moment in the collection with pinstripes and trousers galore.
I have been such a big fan of Balenciaga under Ghesquière because with each season, he presents designs that are altogether different without straying from the brand’s core. No collection is ever repetitive or boring and Resort 2013 is one of the softest and most wearable offerings I have seen from the fashion house in some time. My favorite pieces are of course the eye-catching bow-detailed booties and ruffle hem skirts.
What do you think?