Tonight, on a wet night in Paris at Le Théâtre du Châtelet, Balenciaga reimagined the idea of runway and pink carpet magnificence. As visitors emerged from the duvet of umbrellas, designer Demna Gvasalia’s lens on fame, fantasy, and actuality for the French trend home’s Summer season 2022 present tricked the senses. Exterior of the theater, partitions and flooring melted into one another like a sea of ruby velvet, and paparazzi flashes lit up a forged of characters arriving within the assortment itself.
One couldn’t assist however query: What’s actual life, and what’s present? Who’s the mannequin, and who’s the superstar visitor? Ok-Pop star Mark Tuan, Naomi Campbell, and Cardi B strolled the identical pink carpet as fashions like Eve Jobs (Steve Jobs’s daughter, who made her modeling debut this 12 months) who have been carrying the season’s inky, outsized appears. Monumental ball robes have been paired with hairstylist Holli Smith’s imaginative and prescient of gelled, Matrix-esque bangs, whereas capes and silver foil attire flowed beneath jagged flicks of prolonged black eyeliner. The latter is a glance we’ve seen at Chloe and Valentino this week, although make-up artist Inge Grognard painted Balenciaga’s with an appropriately cybergoth spin.
The night felt extra like a movie premiere or CinemaCon crowd than a trend present (the principle occasion did embrace a screening of a customized episode of The Simpsons the place Homer wore a single dangling earring, Lisa was seen with hair set in curlers, and Bart skated down the animated runway). There was a Lara Croft-style braid trailing previous a hood, a full face-obscuring masks, and Elliot Web page (who Gvasalia dressed for the Met Gala final month) in steel-toed platform clogs and a slicked-down moist look so plausible it might have been created by the climate itself. Balenciaga is thought to embrace futuristic magnificence, like 2019’s cheekbone and lip prosthetics commenting on well-liked face-altering procedures. If display screen time, cosplay, and metaverses are tomorrow’s focus, maybe these decisions are a touch of what’s to come back. Ought to Hollywood dare to take a web page out of Balenciaga’s magnificence e-book, awards seasons may see pink lips and chignons swapped for sopping bangs and high-relief cheekbones.