Balenciaga’s resort 2017 collection bears the definitive markings of Demna Gvasalia, the newest creative director of the fashion house. Demna Gvasalia has an interesting eye for details and silhouettes, with the shoulders of collections he has a hand in bearing an unmistakable treatment. There will be plenty of resort collections, but there will not be one like this. This may be the most salt of the earth version of a resort collection ever created, but will definitely make a statement.
It seems that the Balenciaga resort 2017 collection will focus on comfort! Despite the challenges pieces of this size are certain to represent for a great many people, the appearance of the collection is creative and modern and so different from what was expected, even if the expectations were only inklings.
As this is his third collection since becoming the creative director for the world renowned fashion house, Demna Gvasalia has clearly decided to put a realistic infusion on what resort wear should be with. The spa like touch with the soft looking reimagines of aprons as sundresses and North African caftan inspired ensembles would do well on several vacations. Even the clear call to a day of being pampered, the robe dress with the sash very much appears to be a draped towel over the shoulder.
Resort collections were always a bit niche – designed for those who could afford the expensive holiday vacations and a new wardrobe to go with it. As such the items are not always very mainstream; resort ensembles don’t really make sense to wear in their entirety anywhere else, so the looks typically end up leading the charge for the non-niche rich in accessories and inspiration.
Here with Balenciaga, thanks to the interesting fashion geared imagination of Demna Gvasalia, we have several things to appreciate looking forward to. Of those accessories, the Balenciaga dad hat will certainly be the head of the pack. Dad hats already being popular means that this prediction is not too much of a stretch, but no one yet has one with Balenciaga across the front. It may become the most popular accessory this season and I hope the concept catches.
If you are resort niche type of wealthy, then the collection with the many very oversized pieces is aesthetically interesting, though possibly physically challenging to wear. The details in the cuts of the many jackets with the forward facing, very sculpted shoulders and varying lengths will be interesting to play with and mix and match through the upcoming resort-wear season.
The crisp creases in the pants of many of the looks are definitive in their precision like the pants in look 28. The flowing and oversized ensembles appear very carefree and the use of the striped laundry bag being slightly adjusted and updated as a bag is an interesting addition. There are some very interesting, very wearable features that I think may actually work for day-to-day casual chic looks.
Photos courtesy of Vogue