Balenciaga Pre-Fall 2023. Review by Eleonora de Gray, Editor-in-Chief of RUNWAY MAGAZINE. Photo Courtesy: Balenciaga.
Every story of Balenciaga by Demna Gvasalia should start something like this: “Once I was sitting on the toilet, and then something happened…”
And whatever happened or came out was quickly put in the stores, so as this Pre-Fall 2023 collection. This lookbook Demna should show us in December 2022, but due to public scandal, and the controversial Christmas campaign it came out today, the same day as this collection was dropped in the stores according to the press-release.
So we can clearly notice that these pieces are very much fossilized, as the one Demna Gvasalia held in his hand while attending The 2023 Met Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Why not holding a sneaker from Pre-Fall 2023? Could be cool and specially wearing pajamas for the ball. Next to Demna we see former artistic director of Gucci Alessandro Michele. Sad picture… very sad…
The Pre-Fall 2023 doesn’t show anything new: the same dirty long coats, jeans and bags. Contemporary? I don’t think so.