Category Archives: Balenciaga

‘I don’t think elegance is relevant’: Vetements’ Demna Gvasalia, the world’s hottest designer

The 36-year-old Georgian, now Balenciaga’s creative director, is bored of fashion as fantasy and has eschewed the tropes of Parisian glamour for flea market catwalks and crumpled styling. Where can he go next?

To understand what makes Demna Gvasalia the hottest designer in Paris right now, you first need to forget everything you think you know about Paris. Forget Catherine Deneuve, forget Jane Birkin, forget Françoise Hardy. Forget trenchcoats, silk blouses, ballet pumps and straw baskets. Forget Amélie in Montmartre and Carrie Bradshaw in Ladurée.

The Paris of Gvasalia, designer of Vetements and Balenciaga, is not that Paris. Instead, it is the Paris you might recognise if you were gripped by the latest series of gritty French police drama Spiral. It is the city we glimpse through the eyes of Louise, the nanny in Leïla Slimani’s novel Lullaby, when she makes the after-work journey from her employers’ chic 10th arrondissement home to her down-at-heel neighbourhood. It is a city of phone shops and fast food, a city where glamour means tight jeans and fake handbags, a city where background noise is a different language on every street corner, not a harmonious Édith Piaf soundtrack.

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Buckle up: how the trenchcoat went from classic to cool

The trench has always been a staple but, in 2017, it gained fashionability. That’s thanks to off-kilter styling at Céline and Vetements, and celebrity wearers

Worn by Kate Middleton, Audrey Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich, the trench coat has long been a perennial clothing item filed with jeans and the LBD as must-have items for every woman to own. In 2017, however, the trench’s style status has shifted. It has gone from classic to cool.

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