- style -
From Balenciaga: Menswear Should Exist In The Matrix
You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and Balenciaga shows you how deep the rabbit hole goes.
06 . 22 . 16
(Balenciaga Menswear Spring 2017)
Demna Gvasalia made his first official debut for Balenciaga menswear today in Pairs. Gvasalia’s mission was to “define and assert new men’s silhouettes through tailoring.” He did just that and took menswear into the realm of The Matrix.
Menswear has been, by and large, nondescript, echoing the seventies and with a few touches of the artisanal. Gvasalia challenges this and brought menswear closer to a haute couture level.
Gvasalia played with the proportions – expanding them and shrinking them. Like the zoot suits of the 1940s, jackets came boxy and wildly oversized, stitched from checked cloth, velvet and opulent jacquard. Coats were not only the basis for the tailoring of the unfitted jackets that made up more then half of this show. Trousers were also oversized and belted high above the waist, or else skinny and cropped – at the ankle and at the knee.
Nothing looked like it fit in the true sense of the word, which was absolutely intentional. Because everything goes in the world of The Matrix.
The overall effect was dark, dramatic, and experimental. How this will translate to streetwear I don't know. Most likely come Spring/ Summer 2017 jackets will take on a boxier feel and dare I say, shoulder pads will become a dramatic touch yet again.