Paris Fashion Week update #6 – Balenciaga and Valentino

Paris Fashion Week Spring Summer 2020 is still going strong. We are delighted to keep you posted on the best shows, promising designers and emerging trends. This update: Balenciaga and Valentino.

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Paris Fashion Week is full of great designers and shows. Since its hard to stay up-to-date with its great amount of shows, we’re delighted to keep you posted. Check out the schedule of all fashion weeks here and the complete Paris Fashion Week schedule here.


Time after time, Balenciaga’s Demna Gvasalia is perfectly able to make us cringe about the current state of society in general. This time, he didn’t disappoint.

Gvasalia thought it was about time to shake up Paris Fashion Week and so he did. With an entourage depicting a “Balenciaga parliament”, he investigated the matter of uniform dressing in a very confronting way. The show started with a model covered in a dark blue, slightly oversized suit, accompanied by a key cord and badge saying “Balenciaga” with a clear reference to MasterCard.

Gvasalia made a study of modern dress codes in all its facets. We saw formal uniforms, from standard suits to what he called “campaign dresses”, inspired by female politicians. Not only the collection formed a pasquinade on our society, the appearance of the models did as well. Boldly enlarged cheek bones and lips turned the event more or less into a modern freak show.

Despite the freakiness, Gvasalia stays somewhat true to the heritage of Cristóbal Balenciaga. It’s without any doubt that the overdone prom dresses at the end of the show referenced to the original designer. The dresses go back to when Cristóbal Balenciaga started the fashion label. He created dresses with this type of silhouet.

Overall, this collection showed the social shift in today’s society. And the reflection of what’s going on in the world feels somewhat bittersweet, but pretty. Gvasalia knows how to impress.


Pierpaolo Piccioli thought is was about time to go all white concerning his outfits – the first 12 (!) looks were solely in this color. He created all-white outfits to go back to the essence of shape and volume. These all-white looks weren’t new, tough. In 1968, Valentino Garavani created an entire white collection that put the fashion house on the map. With these outfits, the label shows its open and inclusive to all.

The entire collection (including some very colorful creations) felt light, cheerful and couture, yet wearable. With this Spring/Summer 2020 collection, Piccioli added some nonchalance to his renowned haute couture pieces – making them very wearable.

At last, Picciolo redefined the boundaries of certain items. He made a silky dress out of a trench coat and transformed a white blouse into a dress. This might not sound very new or exciting, but it actually was. We’ve seen a lot of deconstructed items passing the runway, but these ones felt different. Piccioli knows what he does.

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