Is “automobile chic” the next big fashion trend? It will be, if Balenciaga has anything to say about it. At Paris Fashion Week on Sunday, the design house sent models down the runway wearing car mats as pencil skirts and carrying side-view mirrors as clutches — and the results were…surprisingly wearable!
For its 100th anniversary, Balenciaga’s artistic director, Demna Gvasalia — who took on the role at the couture fashion house last year after founding cult streetwear brand Vetements, where he remains head designer — looked back at photos from the early days of the brand, when founder Cristóbal Balenciaga was designing his first couture collections.
From there, Gvasalia drew inspiration for this season’s Balenciaga coats — which button off-kilter over one shoulder — looking at the ways models wore their clothes backstage: sometimes slouchy, sometimes pulled tight to keep warm.
As for those car-chic pieces, though, Vogue reports that the designer was inspired, simply, by the vehicle he recently purchased for himself. He’s only 35, so perhaps it’s his first vehicle and he’s enamored?
Regardless, the floor mat pencil skirts that graced the runway were all manner of high-fashion-meets-everyday-elegance, and we can totally picture ourselves wearing any of the looks above.
As for the the side-view mirror clutches, they seem a little too chunky to hold comfortably in one hand, but there’s no doubt that carrying one would bring life to even the simplest all-black ensemble.
What do you think? Would you carry one?
Nodding further to Gvasalia’s taste for all things automobile were key-strewn necklaces and bracelets, featuring not one single charm, but a smattering of keys in different shapes and sizes.
Again — extremely wearable.
If this collection has the same impact that Gvasalia’s debut Balenciaga collection had last year, we’ll be seeing side-button coats and car-chic pieces everywhere in no time. After all, the young designer is credited with the starting the “shrobing” trend — wearing your coat slightly back and off your shoulders, a look models like Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner love — so we know Gvasalia gets the modern woman.