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Get to Know…Balenciaga

Founded by Cristobal Balenciaga in 1917, ready-to-wear and accessories brand, Balenciaga has been a long standing pillar in the luxury fashion world.

The Spanish clothier established a strong vision and design approach in women’s ready-to-wear, focusing heavily on tailoring as well was angular and widened silhouettes that were considered radical when first debuted. Currently the brand operates more than 100 stores worldwide and has added accessories, men’s ready-to-wear, fragrance and eyewear to its global portfolio of products.


Balenciaga’s “Blackout” City bags pictured in bordeaux calfskin, $2,950 and the extra-small size in black calfskin, $2,100.

In October of 2015, parent company, the Kering Group and Balenciaga welcomed Demna Gvasalia as the new artistic director. Gvasalia is a German national of Georgian origin and co-founder of the ready-to-wear brand Vetements, which he still continues to be involved in.

Prior to joining the fashion house, Gvasalia completed his studies at The Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp and spent time working in the design departments of Masion Martin Margiela and Louis Vuitton.

34 year old Balenciaga artistic director Demna Gvasalia.

34 year old Balenciaga Artistic Director Demna Gvasalia.

Gvasalia’s first collection for the brand, Autumn/Winter 2016, stayed true to Balenciaga’s meticulous focus on the relationship between a woman’s body and her clothes. Voluminous skirts, angled jackets, wide, open collars and mixed floral prints characterize the pieces that comprise the Autumn/Winter 2016 Collection. Gvasalia’s unique point of view is present and represents a new and modern interpretation of what sophistication looks like within the Balenciaga label while staying true to the brand’s style heritage.

The Autumn/Winter 2016 Collection on the runway in Paris. Contact the boutique for full product information and availability.

To shop these pieces and more from the Autumn/Winter 2016 Collection, stop by the Highland Park Village store. To live stream Balenciaga’s upcoming Spring/Summer 2017 Collection logon to on Sunday, October 2, 2016.