Balenciaga Spring 2019 May Be Demna Gvasalia's Most Restrained Collection Yet

It’s still pretty out there.

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Compared to the gargantuan layers of Fall 2018 and Spring/Summer 2018’s triple-layered pants, Balenciaga‘s Spring 2019 show was relatively understated. Of course, Demna Gvasalia‘s idea of conventional clothing includes immense shoulder pads, fleece turtleneck dresses and faded velvet pants.

Exaggerated shoulders have been one of the house’s signature looks since Gvasalia took over Balenciaga’s creative direction, and they returned in full force. Corset-laced leather jackets, single-breasted wool coats and blazers all sported the recognizable silhouette, with the latter occasionally offering a shoulder-mounted Balenciaga tag for extra brand identity. Other key motifs included a bejeweled Eiffel Tower patterns, washed denim and billowing overshirts, completed with jet pockets and a unique buttoned closure at the neck. Though much of the clothing was executed in muted neutrals, pops of red and blue appeared frequently, abetted by branded prints of fuel gauges, playing cards and a collage of verbiage like “I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED YOU” and “LOVE YOU STILL.”

The slouchy suits were accompanied by draping track gear, straight-leg jeans and a variety of leather wearables, which ranged from leather trousers to a short-length leather trench coat. Nipped waists featured heavily, contrasting dramatically with the boxy shoulders and trousers that pooled atop square-toed derbies, boots and pumps. Surprisingly, there weren’t any new sneaker models to be seen, though a selection of branded belts, chain accessories and handbags did surface.

Check out the looks about and watch the full runway presentation below.

Recently, we took a closer look at Balenciaga’s latest shoe: the TRACK sneaker.

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