Balenciaga Spring 2014 Collection

Posted on September 30, 2013

Alexander Wang brought a breezy, sporty feel to the Balenciaga brand with this collection, with a youthful, if a little stiff aesthetic to the runway and a pivot away from his usual blacks (thankfully). The result is modern and chic while still feeling very much Balenciaga, in that sculptural, fluid way. It’s not breaking the brand or redefining the brand, but it does subtly feel like a shift forward for the brand.







[Photo Credit: IMAXtree]

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  • Garcia Loca

    I was going to exclaim, “Finally! No sheers!” And then, there were sheers…

    • demidaemon

      Same. Although, I do like his deployment of the sheer, because you don’t have to concern yourself with a modesty lining. It’s smartly used, thankfully.

    • Akmall Razlan

      oh yes!! finally, someone who really know what real daily women want to wear, right?

  • MilaXX

    Not really loving this. For some reason the collection reminds me of colorforms dolls we played with as kids.

    • FunButNutz

      Like those cheap-o cut out paper doll dresses from the 1940’s.

    • mjude

      i LOVED colorforms! way over the sheer crap.

    • allcapsERINN

      LMAOOOOOO – you’re RIGHT! I forgot about those – I loved Colorforms! Now I want some. **wanders off to check eBay**

  • SewingSiren

    Lampshades and gym shorts.

    • Rhonda Shore

      YES! I immediately thought of gym uniforms! This nude make-up trend has GOT to go…makes the models look sad.

    • d4divine


  • I can’t with these forced silhouettes and stiff,awkward shapes. I need it to stop.

  • hughman

    Tennis outfits for H.R. Pufnstuf.

  • Lattis

    16 up from bottom – tough dress to wear but the construction of that dress fascinates me.

  • oklund

    The toes are desperately trying to escape the shoes, and the forms on top are not much less forced.

  • crash1212

    He had me…right up to the sheers. Is it a rule? Must all collections contain sheers from now until the end of time. Blech.

  • sk8tfan

    I like the first few vests. I can’t with the expensive gym shorts and scarab beetle pants. A lot of this reminds me of Alexandria’s work from Project Runway. I didn’t realize there was a market for her aesthetic, but here it is.

  • Monday1900

    I can’t get behind a collection that looks like it was largely fashioned from construction paper.

    • Erica_Vuitton

      I was going to say “stiff is an understatement! What are they made out of cardboard?”

  • Jaeda Laurez

    The black coat (dress?) that Jourdan is wearing made my heart go pitter-patter, but the rest of the collection seems very stiff and uncomfortable. The colors say spring, but the fabrics look wintry thick. And what’s with the exposed armpits?

    • kimmeister

      The white satin top with the armpit cutouts is terribly offputting.

  • Qitkat

    Because all women want hips the size of elephant legs.

  • Darren Nesbitt

    The shoes are so different and I like them!

  • Isabel

    Hula hoop peplums. No good

  • Nothing flattering, really.

  • Julie Parr

    The silhouettes seem like they would be very unwearable in this collection. Some don’t even look good on the models. It seems like they might even make celebrities look like they were wearing paper bags.

  • imspinningaround

    “Breezy” is an interesting word to use to describe a collection so stiff it looks like it’s been cut from posterboard.

  • Lesley

    Alexander Wang will never be able to create the collection for balenciaga the way Nicolas Ghesquière did. There are some pieces i like and i do feel it has a more feminine, girly feel to it but at the same time what i loved about Balenciaga were it’s strong, androgynous pieces and not to mention the love of black and white.

  • pattyw

    I just can’t with designers who seem so disdainful of the female form. I know fashion isn’t all about being pretty all the time, but much of this is just aggressively unflattering.

  • Synnae

    Not to impressed with most of the collection, in that I guess it would be very difficult to wear as it looks so stiff but it should look great in editorials, especially that first sculpted motor-style jacket.

    I do like the black and white folded mini-dresses, the leather beige dress and I love the white leather top and A-line skirt.

  • editrixie

    That black, asymetrical jacket with the…is it leather? trim, with the poofy sleeves? I want that so bad I can taste it.

  • d4divine

    Most of this collection is for a woman between 18-25…maybe 30….if it is styled to perfection. These clothes are expensive as hell, wouldn’t it make more sense to design with a broader appeal…the children are RICH these days.

  • Imasewsure

    It’s a cool collection to look at but most of this would look stupid on an actual human (celeb or otherwise). China Chow could rock it and of course our beloved Tilda (but I said “actual human”)

  • makeityourself

    Well, it definitely was an attempt to move Balenciaga forward. Unfortunately, much of it is hiddy.

    Balenciaga created the silhouette of his ideal woman through the use of sculptural forms. It appears that A. Wang has taken those proportions and turned them sideways, thereby widening the hips and undercutting the arms. I can see where he was going, but to me the beauty has been lost along the way.

  • Victoria Anzalone

    Where are the pants that go with this collection?

  • kimmeister

    A lot of great options for those celebs who like to forget to wear pants.

  • filmcricket

    So we’re actually dressing women like they just got up naked from all the sex and threw on a dress shirt now? I know it’s apparently a fetish for some straight men, but it really should stay in the bedroom, methinks.

  • luluransom

    Say it with me: peplum pants. Sounds so much better than it looks.

    • conniemd

      Aren’t some of the black pants drop crotch pants as well? They sure are baggy down to the lower thigh area.

  • SouthernGirlRena

    I think the stiff short skirts are cute standing and walking but it would be impossible to sit in. Why would you design something that would force the wearer to stand the whole time? Then again, showing of your underwear seems to be all the rage. Some of these are truly beautiful.

  • TigerLaverada

    Cartoon clothes and pants-less pant suits, followed up by more boring sheer layered clothes. Disappointing.

  • alyce1213

    Maybe it all looked better, like the bottoms of dresses appeared, with those special glasses they handed out.

  • Donna Tabor

    Those first few outfits look as though they’re made out of placemats.

  • Trickytrisha

    I can see the “sculptural” aspect that TLo commented on, but to me it reads stiff and constrained. There are a couple of shorts outfits that are rather lovely. I find the off-the-shoulder looks just plain tacky, and indeed there’s lots of emphasis on bare shoulders here. Most of the collection just leaves me cold.

  • Kimberlini

    The more I look, the less I like.

  • quiltrx

    I’m trying to figure how you sit down in a lampshade skirt without showing everyone your cooter.
    Anyway, I like some of the prints (especially the black/white/greys) but I’m thinking these shapes will be really difficult for mere mortals to wear.
    And I’m not seeing “armpit dress” as the next big trend.

  • bertkeeter

    BALENCIAGA it ain’t?

  • Cate

    I’m sorry. I hate almost all of these.

  • Akmall Razlan

    Thanks Wang for making amazing collection. To be honest, I could see still Wang’s treatment on every piece in the collection but for Balenciaga, the treatment is more refine and a little bit more feminine and I found it very good, indeed. Love it and yes, No sheers, thank God!!!

  • Lily-Rygh

    Most of this is really fug to me. I am particularly disturbed by the way so many of the tops make the models look like they have such a weirdly severe slant to their shoulders…

  • tharika fuhrer

    Man the shoulder details in looks 18,19 and 20 remind me of Helen Castillo’s aesthetic. The satiny looking pants and jacket from look 22 looks just like one of her looks from fashion week.

  • Kelly

    “Sculptural” shouldn’t equal “stiff as an actual statue.” And I’m afraid those necklaces make everyone look as if they are in the process of being garrotted.

    Plus, I understand that the point of the runway is to showcase the clothes, not the models; models are supposed to be just a sort of neutral display background. But here they look so grim that it detracts from the garments. Such forbidding expressions (more so than usual, it seems to me) and colorless faces (not in terms of skin tone, but of definition). That hairstyle
    — flat and parted in the middle and tucked back to create sticky-out ears — seems deliberately unflattering. Like workhouse chic. (The starvation-stick legs don’t help, either.)

    So I think the presentation actually undermines the clothes instead of promoting them. But I do like some of them (not the stiff lace ruffles, though).

  • All I see is jogging shorts and those one-piece diaper pants from the 80s. And armpit nipples.

  • frannyprof

    Hate the shorts. Hate the sheers. Most of this would be tough to pull off. But I have a feeling that we’ll be seeing Zosia Mamet in some of those short short short dresses.