2021 is for Balenciaga's year for global presence. With the return to haute couture, the Kim Kardashian dress for Met Gala, and the collaboration with Fortnite, the artistic director Demna Gvasalia and her creative team have no shortage of ideas to surprise us and make fashion great again.
For the spring-summer 2022 collection, Balenciaga offers a new way to watch a fashion show to the digital audience and its physical guests. This season, the set for the Balenciaga show is a red carpet with a photocall. The guests could watch live on a large screen from their theatre seats. Among the VIPs, we could recognise Naomi Campbell, Natalia Vodianova, and celebrities like actress Isabelle Huppert, Lewis Hamilton, and the dear Cardi B. The heroes of the animated series The Simpsons also dressed up in Balenciaga for the occasion, with an episode specially created for the collection that made audiences laugh. Fashion can also be funny, and it is good to remember it!
The collection offers many styles and is designed sustainably: materials come from recycling, such as denim and leather, and innovative use of new materials made from cacti. The couture codes are introduced from the first looks, with majestic dresses with ruffles, lace, or metallic effect, perfect for going to a red carpet in Hollywood or the next Cannes Film Festival.
Hybridised couture and streetwear on a dress embroidered with sequins with a hooded top. Black, a shade of the house's couture heritage, is featured with a few colour notes. The looks are very inspiring and make you want to redo your wardrobe. Tailoring is revisited in ultra-oversized volumes, giving an Atlas and genderless mood. It can fit perfectly with thigh-high pants or sports pants.
Accessories will become a must-have for millennials like the new XX, Triplet, and Cagole bags, or the more original new Crocs X Balenciaga pair, with their high platform and a silver-plated Balenciaga logo. Demna closed the collection with a masked face: anonymous is the new iconic.