· F/W 2012 · Balenciaga F/W 2012 BY Katrina Tan / Apr 08 12 @ 4:36 PM
Nicolas Ghesquière is nothing if not visionary, constantly propelling fashion forward with each collection. And this F/W 2012 Balenciaga collection is no different. Although always drawing from the roots of the legendary house to inspire his haute couture constructions, Ghesquière put a lot out on the runway. His signature exaggerated shoulder jackets, floating above the model’s shoulders, were paired with simple A-line skirts and loose gartered trousers; space-y paneled metallic dresses and skirts were detailed with asymmetric cut-outs; and animal prints came in several forms from jacquard snakeskin to blue on pink zebra.A collection intended to underscore individuality, the show’s narrative was completed by the styled office setting, Created by the designer’s friend and artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster on the 27th floor of a Paris skyscraper. Naturally, Ghesquière acted as the chairman of the board, with the models as his “employees”, and even individuals acting as “corporate spies” situated all along the runway.