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Paris Fashion Week: wearable luxury from Balenciaga

Nicholas Ghesquière, creative director at Balenciaga, underlined the brand’s innate sense of craftsmanship yesterday with a presentation swathed in intricately draped and swagged silhouettes.

Drawing on 1940s glamour, the designer opened his presentation with a parade of pastel hued charmeuse mini skirts. Paired with strong shouldered chain mail knits the emphasis was clearly on texture and surface interest.

Dramatic shoulders were introduced to slash-neck silk tops while sari inspired jodhpur-derived trousers were paired with evening-inspired tailoring. A 1980s influence came to the fore through puffed shouldered tops and handkerchief print dresses although the overriding impression was of a mature and wearable collection which should go some way in keeping Balenciaga’s well-heeled buyers pleased.

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