A Look Back

A Look Back - All Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquiere
All Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquiere

It has bee just over a week since Balenciaga announced that their long-time creative director, Nicolas Ghesquiere, would be moving on. The announcement was harder for me to handle than living without power and water during the hurricane. Needless to say, I have increased my Balenciaga runway archive browsing since hearing the news. It was hard for me to choose favorites in each collection, but I managed to gather some top looks from every runway show dating back to Spring/Summer 2000 (all pictured above and below).

A Look Back - Spring/Summer 2000, Fall/Winter 2000, Spring/Summer 2001, Fall/Winter 2001
From Left:Spring/Summer 2000, Fall/Winter 2000, Spring/Summer 2001, Fall/Winter 2001

A Look Back - Spring/Summer 2002, Fall/Winter 2002, Spring/Summer 2003, Fall/Winter 2003
From Left:Spring/Summer 2002, Fall/Winter 2002, Spring/Summer 2003, Fall/Winter 2003

A Look Back - Spring/Summer 2004, Fall/Winter 2004, Spring/Summer 2005, Fall/Winter 2005
From Left:Spring/Summer 2004, Fall/Winter 2004, Spring/Summer 2005, Fall/Winter 2005

A Look Back - Spring/Summer 2006, Fall/Winter 2006, Spring/Summer 2007, Fall/Winter 2007
From Left:Spring/Summer 2006, Fall/Winter 2006, Spring/Summer 2007, Fall/Winter 2007

A Look Back - Spring/Summer 2008, Fall/Winter 2008, Spring/Summer 2009, Fall/Winter 2009
From Left:Spring/Summer 2008, Fall/Winter 2008, Spring/Summer 2009, Fall/Winter 2009

A Look Back - Spring/Summer 2010, Fall/Winter 2010, Spring/Summer 2011, Fall/Winter 2011
From Left:Spring/Summer 2010, Fall/Winter 2010, Spring/Summer 2011, Fall/Winter 2011

A Look Back - Spring/Summer 2012, Fall/Winter 2012, Spring/Summer 2013
From Left:Spring/Summer 2012, Fall/Winter 2012, Spring/Summer 2013

A Look Back - Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster
Top: Paris boutique; Bottom: Rome boutique – both by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster

If there were anything that I wish Nicolas had done more of during his time at Balenciaga it would be artist collaborations. He has worked with French artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster on countless Balenciaga boutiques (pictured above) and who could forget Cindy Sherman’s portraits featuring looks from Fall/Winter 2007 (pictured below).

A Look Back - Cindy Sherman
Cindy Sherman for Balenciaga

Judging by the clear Mondrian references in the video for Balenciaga’s Florabotanica perfume (pictured below), art is everywhere. While any hope of a Ghesquiere for Balenciaga x Wade Guyton partnership is long gone, his clothes will live on.

A Look Back - Florabotanica
Balenciaga’s Florabotanica

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