Balenciaga Cruise 2013
Cristobal Balenciaga was a genius and every stitch of his work should be remembered and celebrated which is why the recent discovery of his lost pieces was so shocking and influential in the Resort 2013 collection. The lost pieces were originally for Ravel’s ‘Boléro,’ a ballet from the 1930’s. The lost pieces were enough to drive an entire line to a compilation of form fitting dresses, tops, and leather tops with architecturally shaped cut-outs creating the most interesting sweetheart necklines you’ve ever seen.
Another interesting element to the collection was the purposefully soft hemlines that billowed around on the floor and dripped down off the shoulders like a brick of melting butter. The dichotomy of stiff structured pieces and soft forms was expertly done and was one of the main trends throughout the collection. A soft black silk skirt that falls gently against mid-thigh was paired with a jacket that could easily be representative of a boulder in grey/lilac. The dropped shoulders turned to a high waisted jacket that appeared to be made entirely of stiff leather, or intensly interfaced double faced wool.
There were moments when viewing the collection that the costume element of the inspiration came across a little too strong and may leave the garments in the dust on the sales floor. But then again what is a Balenciaga collection without a little theater?
The shoes the girls wore were a clever combination of bows and straps, where thick colored leather straps wrapped the sides and heel of the foot, they twisted to display another color and created a bow-like design that fluttered down the front of the foot. A surprising twist was the height of the heel, at only 50 mm or so, the shoe was quite wearable and even looked comfortable. This is an interesting turn of events certainly as several other fashion houses are getting away from the sky high heel and towering platform of seasons past. I’m sure women are grateful.