Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Balenciaga's SS18 Mens Show Brought the Devil and the Details

The men that wore the best looks in the Balenciaga Spring 2018 menswear show were interesting characters.

There was the 80s hair band guy, the goth/warlock, the jock and the urban guy. It was The Breakfast Club out there in the Bois de Boulogne, a public park in Paris, France. Despite their differences, the men had one thing in common: they adapted their styles to attend the office.

Colonel Sanders on nail polish

The 80s hair band guy wore a pink plaid oversized blazer, blood red gunslinger boots and rust-red acid-wash jeans. Red was a theme. The gingham shirt and boots pointed to a country guy, and the 80s hair metal hair also had a hillbilly vibe. Balenciaga's designer Demna Gvasalia loves logos and if you look close you can see a fast food chain on the model's fingernails. On the nail art is Colonel Sanders's face. Colonel Sanders is the mascot for fast food chain KFC (Kentucky-Fried Chicken).

The goth warlock was black and blue but there were no bruises. The breadth of his undone blazer was 80s-influenced. The leather on the upper half of the pants and the shoes (boots or oxfords) represented a badass style. The warlock also wore nail art with a Nordic Cross flag. Of course, that Cross could also be a religious cross or a witchy cross.

The color teal was showcased into sporty looks. Teal is the color of the moment dominating the production designs and costume designs of television shows (Madam Secretary) and movies (Maggie's Plan). The jock wore a pullover windbreaker sported a color block of teal, navy and black in a very 90s way. The pinstriped trousers and oxfords indicate he's going to the office. He has the height of a basketball player and that Caesar haircut is so Renaissance.

Teal was also used on the urban guy in his teal cocoon puffer jacket patterned in a subtle gingham that matched the gingham of the hood he wore that looked like he used a shirt for his hood evident by the shirt sleeve wrapped around his neck. There was a sliver of skin that exuded sexiness, but I think he was wearing a shirt underneath his coat; he was just wearing it unbuttoned. The model's icy blue eyes matched the coat and hood. They were just as intense.

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