Balenciaga Shoes and Gvasalia’s Impact
“The master of us all”, Christian Dior.
Balenciaga is seen, in the eyes of many as one of the most luxurious brands in the modern-day due to its fine attention to detail and quality. Its demand has increased especially with the younger generation, especially with its remarkable shoe collection which is only getting better and better.
The Classics. Balenciaga’s black sneakers are made from the same crinkled-leather that’s seen on the house’s iconic ‘Arena’ bags. This cool high-top pair has a padded ankle and is finished with glossy gold D-rings and guilloche hardware at the toe. Detail is everything!
There has been a noticeable change since 2015 but Balenciaga was making heat long before Vetements’ designer Demna Gvasalia replaced Alexander Wang as the label’s head designer. This sock-like trainer channels the no-nonsense approach of similar sneakers from adidas and Nike, but ups the ante with a subtly branded upper and textured sole. The strong tech-ninja vibes are a plus. Personally, I see this as a huge step for Balenciaga in the modern market.
Gvasalia has quickly become one of fashion’s most influential names, creating a raft of cult hits and inspiring thousands of copies. If you’ve noticed a rash of gothic script running down the arms of long-sleeved T-shirts or an abundance of oversized camel-coloured mackintoshes on the high street, Gvasalia is the source.
From the beginning, Balenciaga sought to create a label synonymous with luxury. Vogue took notice, lauding the designer for his use of rich and sumptuous fabrics as well as the sense of grandeur his clothes portrayed. And – weird as it might seem – that is exactly what he has in common with Gvasalia. Despite the young designer’s fascination with “the ordinary”, his clothes are far from so. Demna Gvasalia has been outstanding at Implementing codes of power dressing with sophisticated cuts, he’s harkened back to his Georgian roots while still retaining the fashion house’s unshakable heritage.