Once we got over Kristen Stewart's (happy?) presence at this morning's Balenciaga show, we got down to looking at the actual clothes (sadly, we were not there to experience either IRL) and discovered one of our favorite PFW collections thus far. It was excellent, timely, and at least equally as exciting as Kristen Stewart's existence as a human at a fashion show.
If Raf Simons and Hedi Slimane are ushering fashion into a new, modern, minimalist era, Balenciaga's Nicolas Ghesquiere will have no problem holding his own with this collection.
The clothes were certainly cleaner and more pared back than what we're used to seeing from the designer, but still filled with Balenciaga's DNA. It was also sexier than we're used to seeing. A series of very low, sculptural sweetheart necklines opened the show in crop top or bustier form and were later covered up somewhat by open blazers for a series of sexy, minimalist and vaguely '80s high-waisted pantsuit looks that still left plenty of upper stomach and clavicle on display.
Boxy jackets and crop tops and dramatic, ruffled skirt hems were unmistakably Balenciaga. The last few looks, like tweed mini skirts, super short asymmetrical dresses and lace blouses were youthful and a bit sweet, yet still smart and refined. Overall, there was a lot to love. Click through to see the full collection.