Paris Fashion Week Menswear AW15: Balenciaga
The grass is always greener on the other side...
With a clearer and more focused vision, Balenciaga's creative director Alexander Wang used a nature-themed stimulus to create the beautiful materials and textures for the French fashion house's AW15 show.
The grainy and rough textures found in granite were seen on jacquard wool sweaters, while the grey and black colour palette gestured towards the rock's minimal and cold appearance. A windowpane check was also on show, inspired by an archival Balenciaga fabric and a pattern seen on brutalist architecture.
Digging into the house's past, seamless and smooth constructions stayed true to Cristóbal Balenciaga's ethos, with coats and jackets coming in long, tubular forms. Outerwear seemed to be the core of this collection, with a myraid of minimal styles to choose from, including leather parkas, suede motorcross jackets, printed windbreakers and nylon anoraks.
Tailored trousers and delicate seams outlined the uniformity of the lineup, as well as "ice trekker" leather boots which also added to the solidarity and modernity of the new Balenciaga man.