The silence was intense at Balenciaga, for a show held without any soundtrack as Balenciaga returned to haute couture after half a century. The applause, however, was resounding for creative director Demna Gvasalia.
Fashionistas have been predicting the death of haute couture for over decade, but when the next Paris haute couture season debuts next week, it will boast more live catwalk shows than any fashion season this year.
To celebrate Pride Month, several labels have decided to pay tribute to the LGBTQ+ community with collections festooned with the colours of the rainbow. Among them Puma, Victoria Beckham, Balenciaga and Ralph Lauren.
The entire audience was all dressed essentially in conformist black for the latest iconoclastic show video of Balenciaga, a Spring 2022 collection revealed in a show video this weekend that was worn by just one model.
With European populations slowly but surely being vaccinated, designers on the Continent are suddenly expressing a new optimism. Few more so than Demna Gvasalia of Balenciaga in Balenciaga's winter 2021 pre-collection.