Monday, August 16, 2010

Savoir Faire Hit or Miss?

While Balenciaga under Nicolas Ghesquiere has carved a successful niche in women’s fashion over the last couple of years, the menswear offerings seem to be a little off the mark. With Ghesquiere, Balenciaga went from a dormant house with lots of history and heritage to one of the hottest of the decade. Original designs drew on the heritage of the master himself and were updated for the 21st century with panache and savoir faire.
Previously Balenciaga’s menswear had been at the mercy of the licensees, and now the house seems to be placing a more direct hold on its menswear designs. One cannot deny the bold use of colour and the inspiration behind the spring summer 2011 collection pour home, however it seems a little to literal for my taste. Some pieces and silhouettes work, while others seem just a little to passé like the pleated trousers and zebra stripes.

I love the looks above and below.

These ones not to sure about.

Is this what we really want for men from Balenciaga?
Don't forget to enter the Savoir Faire giveaway posted on Friday!


  1. Hmm...I don't know...I don't like the combination of yellow, white and black...and the zebra really what I like...
    I like the third one in the first pic and the first one in the second pic... some other looks remind me somehow ... of the 90s, what the boys wore at the techno the jacket in the middle of the sixth pic...or the first of the fourth pic...and what I really dislike are too short black pants and white shoes and socks. Or vice versa...white pants and black, I don't like that...

    Very, very good post! I love that you criticize too..even Balenciaga...:-)

  2. Liking the cropped grey jacket in the second line, but further down those yellow trousers are even too much for me!

  3. I really have to agree with Will! Loving the grey, but the yellow might be over the top! Great for the runway, but not on the streets!

    Fantastic blog!

    xo - jami
    i m a g i n e

  4. im loving the looks there all hot :) id rock it :)


  5. like the neautral looks, but can't do with those cropped trousers. couldn't bear it if the guy next to me had nicer ankles than i do!

  6. Joe, you are so right on here. I love the first group of photos, and the rest look very late 80's early 90's

    Belle and Gail , yep I think by and all a miss.

    Will, even for you????

    Jami, it will be interesting to see how it translates to the street. A bit H&M in places. Thanks for visiting!

    SAM - Kudos to you! You lucky thing

    Jules, I am sure your ankles are just fine.


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