Marc Jacobs designed for Louis Vuitton for 14 years and so the fashion world waited with bated breath to see the first collection after Jacobs’ retirement. Nicolas Ghesquiere, a talented designer and one of my favorites, took the helm after a one and a half year hiatus following a break with Balenciaga. I thought his first show was interesting. I thought it was well done and masterful. It’s been praised by the critics. But I didn’t love it on a personal level. I really liked the first look and some of the accessories but it left me longing for the Ghesquiere of yore.
In my mind there are two pivotal moments that shaped my love of high fashion. A turn-of-the-(21st)-century Ferragamo ad and Nicolas Ghesquière’s Fall/Winter 2006 collection for fashion house Balenciaga. When I saw the first look on Style.com I just stopped. It sounds cheesy but it changed me. I connected with it like I hadn’t connected with fashion before. This was not a, “oh those clothes are pretty” reaction. This collection took my level of fashion appreciation beyond that and into a more artistic realm. That show sums up what fashion means to me: an artfully balanced mix of the wearable that is then stretched to a further creative plane. I feel there are two components that make (any kind of) art not just successful but groundbreaking and memorable:
- A sense of self-recognition
- A dimension that takes you beyond what you’ve dared to explore and shows you something new
Ghesquière accomplishes this with grace and ease by showing us classic silhouettes that we recognize and love. This show really is a throwback to classic Balenciaga. Then he takes those silhouettes, fabrics, and patterns and molds them into something bolder, pushing our comfort level. And now that I’ve waxed poetic I give you… PICTURES.