In one of the eagerly-awaited fashion shows of the week, Balenciaga on Wednesday presented embroidered evening gowns and luxurious oversized casual looks for its first haute couture collection in more than 50 years in Paris.
Creative director, Demna Gvasalia, dressed models in yellow and pink bathrobe-like coats, loose black trouser suits and embellished evening gowns. There were also voluminous satin coats and more casual looks made up of jumpers, jeans and jackets, Reuters reports.
The designer said he had looked to the label's Spanish founder, Cristobal Balenciaga, for inspiration, showing egg-shaped silhouettes, a draped polka dot dress in chiffon and a shantung coat embroidered with faux fur.
Accessories included large flying saucer-like hats, visor sunglasses and long gloves.
"I see it as my creative obligation to the unique heritage of M. Balenciaga to bring the couture back to his house," Gvasalia said in show notes.
"It is the very foundation of this century-old maison."