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.