Balenciaga Mens FW 08 09

June 17, 2008
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Although I’ve always admired, commended and generally, been astounded by Nicolas Ghesquière’s wonders worked with the womenswear of Balenciaga, I’ve never wholly been sold on his menswear endeavours. Too often the too-small, underwhelming collections appear immature as if the original concept had not been developed entirely – if there had been any concept whatsoever.

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Not so with Ghesquière’s FW 0809 triumph in which we find basics beautifully re-worked and, finally, proportion-play of a standard similar to that displayed through his womenswear. It isn’t – yet – ground-breaking either but most definitely further proof that Ghesquière is devoting the requisite attention this previously neglected facet of the awesome house.

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Personal favourites include the metallic suit [a ringer for a Bruno Pieters’ piece a few seasons back..hmm] and that voluminous black bomber(?) which contrasts so dramatically with the ‘sewn-on’ silhouette of the pants.

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  • susie_bubble June 17, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    Is it odd that I want to wear those menswear pieces?

  • Dustcakeboy June 17, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    Not in the slightest./DCB.

  • MR style June 17, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    omg i was just goin to post about that !!

  • StyleSalvage June 17, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    I agree that it is so nice (about time to!) to see him make more of an effort with his menswear collection.

  • TheSundayBest June 18, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    Welcome back.

  • riz June 18, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    you’ve always compelled me to pay more attn. to men’s…that metallic suit is crazy fabulous though…

  • we could grow up together June 19, 2008 at 6:14 am

    is there a major shift from the previous seasons? or i am just over thinking

  • Dustcakeboy June 19, 2008 at 7:09 am

    riz: Isn’t it? And I want it now.wcgut: There is a noticeable change, although the basic aesthetic is somewhat similar. It’s just a little more experimental this time ’round, I feel./DCB.

  • 00o00 July 20, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    i love that black egg shaped wool coatwe need more balenciaga for men