Balenciaga Pre Fall 2012

by Leandra Medine
January 24, 2012
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Looks a lot more like Balenciaga Pre Fall 1981. Fashion is great because it can be whatever you want it to be. For Nicolas Ghesquiere, this collection was as Hamish Bowles noted, a salute to the eclecticism of postmodernism. So many prints, so many layers, so much color, eureka. Every bit unappealing to the male-eye. I don’t think I’ve seen an homage this dedicated to reliving the past since the actual past. And I wasn’t even there, which does theoretically rid me an authoritative license but then again, doesn’t photographic proof that hails from the trenches of my mother’s twenties count for anything?

No detail went spared. Note the ambiance: florescent lights. Note the threads: colored tights, zebra prints, metallic parachute pants. The footwear: pointed toes and short heels. The jewels: chandelier ear adornments. The beauty grind: slicked back and banging, heavy eyeshadow. It will be interesting to see the high street interpretation of this collection.

photos via Style.com

And finally, another season of undermining the importance of vision with headgear that doubles as face-gear. I can get behind the notion of shielding ones eyes, great for infants or manfriends struck with the plague of man-repellers-for-lady-friends, but what happens when you just…want to see? Oh, you take it off? Interesting. Overall, I commend the overwhelming theme commitment and attention to detail, most notably, a certain pair of lampshade gloves. But what do you think? Do share.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15445367397441351582 Ruth

    EEEK. This is scary!!

    http://flossyblossom.blogspot.com

  • http://www.sickcitywindows.com Dani

    layers on layers on layers… total throwback!!!

    xo
    Dani
    Sickcitywindows.com

  • http://www.stylehybrid.com Sarah

    i love layers, i love man-repelling, and i love nicolas, but i wouldn't wear a single outfit from this collection…maybe elements from some of them. but that doesn't keep me from continuing to respect this label. i love nicolas for always pushing the envelope and doing the unexpected. that alone is inspiring, even if i'm not feeling this season specifically.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03961268464458851788 Superblondeep

    F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07965782353643366704 GWalsh

    SUPER repeller
    !!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11286149288842617111 Lia

    oh man this is unreal. feels like i stepped into an alternate universe….

    xx
    Glass of Fashion

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07279516877124783976 Mackenzie

    So fun! So retro! So 80's! Don't know if id wear it though

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16542317510022502031 Styling Black

    I died when I saw this collection (of happiness), thankss for advertising itt

    stylingblack.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13796396203366897125 Nicholas Vo

    I feel like Nicolas has lost his vision over the past couple seasons. Instead of its not-trying-too-hard, innovative look that Balenciaga is prominent and distinguished for, this screams so literal – circa 1980's.

  • http://lillasface.tumblr.com/ lilla

    my world is not ready for the 80's yet. but give me a couple more weeks and see what happens.

    http://lillasface.tumblr.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11293676602742376987 Love Sushi and Fashion

    Wow amazing collection! Kisses <3<3

  • http://www.modelovers.de modelovers

    Oh the jackets are so cool!

    Tanja

    http://www.modelovers.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10941820965702663952 B.Weber

    Amazing.

    HauteStandards

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00249594611456435173 Daniela

    Interesting but most of the pieces are not so wearable..

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02767729169727962205 marysia reeves

    i said no 80's for me but this collection may have me convinced to give in to the back again trend. So man repelling and so great! This man can do no wrong! LOVE BALENCIAGA!
    xoxo

  • http://whatdoesbobwant.blogspot.com/ barbra

    I think it COULD be wearable, but a 100% Balenciaga outfit like those? Nah-ah, not even for a Man Repeller groupies imo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07013236322969861558 Nicole @ Giraffelegs

    I find it interesting and terrifying at the same time.

  • Samantha

    Between the hair, the makeup, the patterns, the layers, the jewels…it's too literal. Balenciaga usually brings something new to the table while referencing the past simultaneously. Disappointed.

  • Liliane

    It's totally 80's and believe me, I was there!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01204052275819356588 Fashion Recession

    Love the lampshade gloves. Def want those.

    All love Lola

    xoxoxoxoxoxx

    http://www.fashionrecession.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14654691178100203023 Roxanna

    Fantastic color associations and prints. Absolutely love Ghesquiere.

    xx Roxanna

    http://www.dissectmystyle.com

  • http://allherlove.wordpress.com/ allherlove

    I totally agree with Samantha here that this is too literal! Taking inspiration from something is one thing. Reincarnating it is a whole other beast!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01257677842760491738 WhatWillErinWear

    i like it! I prefer the first two outfits though…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00922493231790791173 La Petite Olga

    the red sweater is great!

    xx Olga
    La Petite Olga

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01270928274656422504 Leira Zetroc

    That IS a lot of repelling detail!

    http://thequietspaces.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12759545260010101486 The PvdH Journal

    And he did it again… I loved it as well (but I was a bigger fan of spring). Although I must say I do prefer these hats to the Darth Vader ones

    Cant wait to see what he came up for FW

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00186653388828397132 danielle

    eeeek. not a fan. i'll stick to the timeless draping and monochromatic prints of helmut lang over this wild shit any day.
    http://www.indieelectronicalternative.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06841237588940938787 Lydia

    Hands down my favorite fashion house. Ghesquiere is a genius.

  • http://www.littleredbook-thatshaute.blogspot.com Little Red Book

    Super electro, I love it!

    http://www.littleredbook-thatshaute.blogspot.com
    @littleredbookxo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06935177585934005255 Habiba. J

    It's so retro 80's meets modern day man repeller, I love it. If you get a chance do check out my blog, I have interesting fashion posts you might love to read.

    http://www.thegirlinredheels.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07754771070155843910 WearAbouts

    those prints and shoes are KILLER
    ROry
    http://www.WearAboutsBlog.com
    CHICTOPIA

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15037990856185460889 Yuka
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11577320914444368443 Jamie

    This collection is me in a nutshell – love every inch of it to death :) xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05226243830970581304 monkeyshines ♥

    stunning mix of colors and prints, loving the futuristic texture!

    Bises,
    monkeyshines
    http://monkeyshines-monkeyshines.blogspot.com/

  • Chanel

    The. Models.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14625395273907490807 Gypsy_Riot

    like you said, cant wait to see the high street version of this. AKA your version of this. please do post when fall arrives!! <3

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04644235367974098039 Sheena

    To me the shoes are the most appealing part of the collection as I've never really appreciated 80s fashion. I am of the belief that if you are born in a certain decade you don't have the affinity for it. There is some definite man repelling to be had with this one x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04007364825338739929 The life after

    Don't like this collection at all!

    The Life After

  • http://materialfixations.blogspot.com/ Material Fixations

    This is so wild, I wouldn't actually wear it, but I am curious to see the the high street interpretation of this fashion and crazy collection.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10852993013842938278 Giorgio Schimmenti.

    J'aime Balenciaga!

    Xoxo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10147568168250249943 thestyleflux
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17842135251263323655 NATASHKA

    I know everybody will hate me for this , but this is beyond Men Repelling! :) (the jackets are superb!)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07435695588695596294 thepinkapple

    I'll follow you , I hope u'll follow me too thanks! Bacio

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03794729428885829178 boocat

    I love Hamish Bowles. I just discovered your blog, so I'm reading all the old ones. I love this shit. You are great. Thanks for all your hard work on our behalf, putting this together.

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