“We see our world through a filter—perfected, polished, conformed, photoshopped. We no longer decipher between unedited and altered, genuine and counterfeit, tangible and conceptual, fact and fiction, fake and deepfake. Technology creates alternate realities and identities, a world of digital clones,” said the brand in a statement.
The hacking project that started in April, with the
The collection majored on pieces that are wearable and functional. Trenches, parkas, puffas, hoodies: much of the outerwear was reversible – but the proportions and silhouettes were taken to sculptural extremes. Construction and cut are very much a hallmark of this house. Tracksuits were elevated to house signatures, whilst oversized cargo pants, laden with pockets and straps, came with a cybergoth twist. T-shirts depicted The Simpsons family after a Balenciaga make-over.
Those Gucci hack bags weren’t the only talking point accessories. In keeping with the ‘don’t believe your eyes’ theme, an archetypal shopping basket looked like it was plastic but was actually fashioned from thermo-formed leather whilst a carbon fibre clutch was designed to look like fast food packaging. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, those toe-shoes are back along with a second instalment of the Balenciaga Crocs collaboration (platform pool slides and wellies). The show closed with the striking mermaid gown – a tribute to the one worn by drag legend
Photography courtesy of Balenciaga.