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Balenciaga

EIGHTIES OBSESSION
Paris: From squared-off Grace Jones hair to leopard print, shiny finishes and clashing palette, Nicholas Ghesquière is advocating an 80s revival. Although the Pre-Fall collection seemed wild at first, even for Balenciaga, a number of covetable pieces emerged; an oversize ribbed sweater, tapered track pants, paneled leopard print jacket and voluminous trench coats. Bright colors and metallics worked best throughout the presentation, but muddier tones of pumice and olive seemed to weigh down the energetic mood. Ghesquière’s accessories were as progressive as usual, his bold geometric earrings perfectly in step with fashion’s current fascination with statement earpieces.—Nina Stotler

Silhouette: Tapered / Oversize / Loose / Hourglass

Color: Fuschia / Cherry / Black / Turquoise / Burgundy / Olive / Lavender / Grey / Lemon / Camel / Copper / Pumice / Teal

Key Items: Oversize trench coats / Shiny party tops / Pencil skirts / Metallic tapered trousers / Turtleneck sweaters / Cropped jackets / Minidresses / Pencil skirts / Oversize wrap dresses

Materials: Poplin / Silk / Leather / Cashmere knits / Lamé / Waxed cotton

Print + Pattern: Animal prints / Geometric repeats / Abstract photo prints

Details + Trim: Pleating / Draping / Drawstrings / Accordion folds

Accessories + Footwear: Opaque hosiery / Ankle boots / Angular sunglasses / Boxy tote bags / Oversize earrings / Peplum belts / Stacked heel sandals / Two-tone knee high boots / Leather gloves / Menswear fedoras / Felt aprons / Elastic belts / Low cut pumps / Pony hair clutches

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