Paris: Part of Nicholas Ghesquiere’s M.O. for Pre-Fall collections has been an emphasis on the Balenciaga Edition capsule collection – the revival of archival Balenciaga pieces as originally designed by Cristobal Balenciaga.  That influence, as well as a smirky nod to what Ghesquiere calls “wellness clothes” (i.e. gym clothing), made for a softer but not any less innovative Pre-Fall collection from Mr. Ghesquiere.  Most striking was the emphasis on the female form in the main collection, particularly in fuller dirndl skirts, the likes of which have not been seen on recent Balenciaga runways.  Also adding a touch of feminine softness were brightly colored prints inspired by Indian motifs that came in multiple colorways and incarnations – from a silk bomber jacket to tunics worn over super-slim leggings, sometimes even paired with brightly-hued running shoes.  Leather peplum belts were a standout accessory and a clever way of adding signature Balenciaga volume.  Capping off the theme of returning to the roots of Balenciaga (both during Ghesquiere’s time and before) was a new version of the much-loved dog sweater from the F/W 2000 collection – showing literally that what goes around does indeed come around.

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