Monday, July 18, 2011

Going to Church with Balenciaga

Cecil Beaton once called some of the late great Balenciaga’s dresses as ‘ceremonial sheaths’ and nothing could be more apt than describing some of the latest offerings from the house.

The campaign for fall winter 2011 shot in the vaulted rooms of a gothic church; translate into an almost religious experience for avid Balenciaga followers.

Shot by Steven Meisel, the shoot took place in a Harlem church, of which the overall effect is architectural, graphic and angular. Balenciaga was never romantic, and it is nice to see the house updating some classics into the 21st century. Nicolas Ghesquière has gone back to the archives with some strong statement pieces that are instantly recognisable as Balenciaga.

Overall this is going to be a strong season for the house, with something for everyone.
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