Balenciaga confronts climate change with fall 20 show

Model at Balenciaga show

Balenciaga has tackled the topic of climate change with its fall/winter 2020 show.

Creative director Demna Gvasalia unveiled his latest line for the luxury fashion label as part of Paris Fashion Week on Sunday, with the likes of Bella Hadid, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, and Kanye West all in attendance.

However, none of the celebrities were perched on the front row, as the Georgian designer looked to confront the climate crisis by having the show space transformed into a post-apocalyptic scene complete with flooded runway and LED screens on the roof depicting dramatic storms.

Merging a variety of references, the show opened with a parade of 14 models sporting head-to-toe black outfits, with many of them wearing long capes.

"The austerity of clerical garb and court robes are interpreted for casual wear. Classical traditions, hardcore aesthetics, and fetishised details are combined and rearranged, mixing business with pleasure," Gvasalia explained in the show notes. "Neo-gothic dressing looks back and forward at the possibilities of menswear, layering floor-length skirts and caped coats."

Elsewhere, the designer included deconstructed shirts and pleated skirts, leather trench coats, floral print dresses, PVC coat dresses, motocross suits, and dresses with exaggerated pagoda shoulders and upright collars.

Gvasalia also had fun with logos, introducing the fictional Balenciaga Football Club and a line-up of sportswear-inspired uniforms, with the outfits contrasting with the final looks, which included skin-tight bodysuits in red and purple, as well as slinky black gowns and a long-shoulder silver beaded dress.

"Gala dresses are all-inclusive: shoes, gloves, leggings, and gowns in one piece. Bodywear becomes a second skin, at once obscuring and revealing," he added.

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