Balenciaga SS/09

When it comes to Paris fashion week, Balenciaga has become one of those I am always excited to see because of Nicolas Ghesquière's genius and frequent projection of couture techniques into the world of new technology and ready-to-wear. This collection especially was another step up the ladder with its very futuristic influences and perhaps Nicolas' own vision of how women appear to him in the future - like walking solar panels. However, again very well cut and tailored with glinting surfaces that shined along the runway. I liked the idea of silvered Lurex streaking over skin covering the legs, feet, and hands and it worked well for the overall look which I thought portrayed the image of something that had a life of it's own. The asymmetric combinations of drape and structure half-top of the garments was a divine sight to see because usually when drape is mentioned one would think very loosely fitted but no, this time we saw something completely different. The bonded jersey pantsuits with A-line tunic tops weren't however to-die-for on my part but I did love the multi-coloured tissue-fine metallic crinkle-pleated jackets which were paired with some of the looks. To me, Nicolas continues to be one of those designers who push on experimentation after experimentation with fabric and cut and that is what keeps the house of Balenciaga interesting, though you will always notice his signature and new delivery is always on the door-step.