Balenciaga will be putting its money where its mouth is with the World Food Programme
The only guarantee with Demna Gvasalia at Balenciaga is that things are going to be weird. And not weird like at Gucci, where faux severed model heads were toted alongside a series of mostly conventional bags, but weird in and of themselves. On Gvasalia's runway, otherwise sedate weekenders were emblazoned with technicolor logos and enormous totes were printed with cartoon-cute renderings of puppies and kittens.
The majority of the collection was made up of those two types of bags, which were purposefully challenging in a way that's become a brand signature under the designer. Whether those bags themselves actually sell in volume is questionable (a lot of the weirder designs do seem to show up in sale sections), but Balenciaga's raised profile does seem to have reinvigorated interest in Balenciaga's other, more shopper-friendly bags, which is all that really matters.
And there were potentially a few of those tucked into this show, too, especially the fanny pack-style shoulder bags with straps that mimicked the thick chains that urban bike messengers use to secure their bikes outside. City dwellers will know that messengers often wear those chains across their bodies when they're not in use, which seem like a particularly clever reference to make in a handbag.
Another thing worth knowing about the collection is that many of the pieces shown—including a fanny pack—will benefit the World Food Programme, and Balenciaga made a $250,000 donation to the organization to celebrate the show. Check out the full collection below.
[Photos via Vogue Runway]
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