Domestic Geometrics

Domestic Geometrics

Of COURSE I didn't go to the show as most peeps know, Balenciaga is a fortress that most people won't ever conquer.  Buuuuut… and I'll maintain this, a resee of the collection in the showroom is pretty awesome too, not least because touching the fabrication feats that Nicholas Ghesquiere pushed in this collection is pretty crucial to understand what the heck all these domestic textures are all about.  I snapped some of my favourite bits and bobs from a collection that had so many strands going on that it's basically a fabric fetishist's joy to go through on the rails… puffed this, cut-out that, padded stuff, embroidered bits.  Oh and all in a colour palette that bounces off an off-kilter and so-wrong-it's-right exuberance.  From catwalk images, my impressions were that at times, pieces seemed like they were forward-thinking for the sake of being forward-thinking.  It wasn't until I saw the pieces in person that I fully got the point of riffing off domestic surfaces and textures…

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That said, the shoes were an instant winner for me with Pierre Hardy probably taking the shoes to an all new maxed-out high…. so of course, it was no hardship to see them up close in the flesh… yes, they're heavy but I'm most tickled that even the most complex of designs will be making it onto the shop floor, mismatched blocks et all…

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  1. Caroline, No.

    2010-03-11 at 4:47 PM

    Those shoes are f*cking insane! (In a good way, obvs.)

  2. Raggedy Ann

    2010-03-11 at 4:59 PM

    Love, love, love number four from the bottom!

  3. olivia

    2010-03-11 at 5:10 PM

    lovely blog, i love the last shoes!
    http://daily-women.blogspot.com

  4. Catherine

    2010-03-11 at 5:14 PM

    I do my math all the time. every time. I should deserve these shooos for free!

  5. AngieMontreal

    2010-03-11 at 5:18 PM

    The way that team works with colour consistantly blows my mind….so in love with those accessories colours!!

  6. Rachel

    2010-03-11 at 5:27 PM

    OMG, I totally want to dive in those shoes…

  7. Joyce.L

    2010-03-11 at 5:28 PM

    Oh wow! God love the shoes! FAV ONES FIRST ONE AT THE TOP!

  8. SOS!

    2010-03-11 at 5:41 PM

    oh wow, the up close photos show how beautiful the shoes details are. I like all the pairs here, not sure which one I’d pick if I were to get a pair!
    xx-LJ from SOS!

  9. Kamicha

    2010-03-11 at 5:51 PM

    I think that it is time to move forward.
    BTW, do you mind if I use one of your shoe pics?

  10. eli

    2010-03-11 at 5:53 PM

    its just amazing how beautiful the attention to detail is so perfect, thanks for sharing these photos

  11. kirsty

    2010-03-11 at 5:57 PM

    dear lord. if i could have those mint green ones…i think i could die happy.

  12. Rosie

    2010-03-11 at 6:01 PM

    not so sure about the first white offering (abominable snowman, anyone? it’d be warm at any rate) but when the colour seeps into things, they take a candy-hued shape that i like very much! pastel me silly, Balenciaga!
    http://fanfareforlibrarians.wordpress.com/

  13. luxirare

    2010-03-11 at 6:04 PM

    Wow I can’t believe you got to go into their showroom, that’s so amazing! I especially loved the diamond pattern that looks something like a relief embedded into those jackets. Never seen something like that before but leave it to Ghesquiere to come up with things that no one has done..even the shoes are the least derivative things I’ve seen thus far in terms of concept.

  14. coafa

    2010-03-11 at 6:25 PM

    and i thought the prototypes were runway ready! love the final product much more. great pics susie! did you meet the sales team?

  15. Leonidas

    2010-03-11 at 6:41 PM

    the whole collection was astonishing, mind blowing and ground breaking with an amazing amount of craftsmanship in it, a lot of work and detail.
    well done
    http://thestyleparticle.blogspot.com

  16. Jennifer

    2010-03-11 at 6:41 PM

    I love the colour combination of mint, orange and violet. Lovely, and those shoes are great, especially the mint heels.

  17. lipstick

    2010-03-11 at 6:48 PM

    those shoes are incredible . i want a pair . even thought they are very tall .

  18. Chloé

    2010-03-11 at 7:26 PM

    Magnifiques ces chaussures <3

  19. Miss Dolly

    2010-03-11 at 7:34 PM

    Photos on style.com really do the clothes no justice, yours are alot better!
    The shoes are just amazing, maybe my favourites since Rodarte and Alexander McQueen last season.
    You need to get them for your collection!

  20. L

    2010-03-11 at 7:42 PM

    those shoes look like a craft project.

  21. nico

    2010-03-11 at 7:43 PM

    wow they are so amazing!
    Whilst browsing the internet I came across a London based company who create handmade shoes.
    As well as an impressive collection they also provide a gift package where you are able to design your own made to measure shoes.
    They seem to share our passion for beautiful shoes, check out the website
    maybe they can create you some of these!
    http://www.coskcollections.com

  22. shonwer

    2010-03-11 at 8:08 PM

    Stunning!! Balenciaga shoes are wonderful. It’s like art!
    Shonwer
    http://shonwer.blogspot.com/

  23. Angela

    2010-03-11 at 8:10 PM

    amazing shoes! i am in love!

  24. Make Do Style

    2010-03-11 at 8:14 PM

    Love the quilted number and you are right to see the texture and close up is more revealing than the distance view.

  25. Kathryn-Louisa

    2010-03-11 at 9:00 PM

    Oh wow! That’s quite some texturing they’ve got going on. LOVE LOVE LOVE the shoes!
    x
    http://sparklesmiledance.blogspot.com

  26. Misanthropic Pulp

    2010-03-11 at 9:21 PM

    As always a brilliant post√óD
    those bracelets look so cool and so adorable, and the shoes are incredible…I’m not much of a color person, but after I started following your blog, I might even get all rainbowy… √óD
    http://misanthropicpulp.blogspot.com/

  27. Brigadeiro

    2010-03-11 at 10:18 PM

    I absolutely LOVED the shoes at Balenciaga! Also, the detailing on the clothes are amazing!
    xx

  28. Snapshot Fashion

    2010-03-11 at 10:22 PM

    the shoes! the shoes! oh how i NEED those shoes! every last pair…

  29. Fashion Serial Killer

    2010-03-11 at 10:30 PM

    I just peed my pants a lil with those shoes.. so amazing! thanks for posting!

  30. Anonymy

    2010-03-11 at 10:39 PM

    Wow, awesome collection! I could imaginne you wearing it all, looking faboulous!
    http://www.theworldslast.blogspot.com/

  31. WendyB

    2010-03-11 at 11:27 PM

    Love the lavender shoes. I’m suddenly into everything lavender! I think it started with a lavender lace trench by Versace…

  32. Becca

    2010-03-11 at 11:48 PM

    I was in LOVE with the shoes for this collection, and I am ever so grateful for your more detailed photos… dying.

  33. anthea

    2010-03-12 at 1:20 AM

    Those shoes are absolutely to die for!

  34. the family vintage

    2010-03-12 at 4:14 AM

    the shoes look like they should come as a jigsaw marked “assembly required.” love’em!

  35. Genevieve Seah

    2010-03-12 at 4:28 AM

    The shoes are insane!!! Love the colour blocking!

  36. samantha

    2010-03-12 at 4:35 AM

    so so so beautiful! sigh
    http://couldihavethat.blogspot.com/

  37. Kat George

    2010-03-12 at 5:40 AM

    Susie I just wet myself over those shoes. Totally gross but totally worth it! xx

  38. Kazuko

    2010-03-12 at 8:09 AM

    the shoes were definitely designed for you 🙂 love the nude laser cut dress + those shoes = adorable

  39. Bonne

    2010-03-12 at 10:27 AM

    I’m usually not into chunky shoes, but these are u unreal! and i looooove the jewelry! very colorful!

  40. Steffi Schütze

    2010-03-12 at 4:09 PM

    Thanks for posting so many shoe pics! <3 It is such a pleasure just to look at them!!

  41. Sofia Leo

    2010-03-12 at 8:18 PM

    The colourful bracelets are so coool! I want one soo bad! I have a thing for unique jewellery!

  42. Imelda Matt

    2010-03-12 at 10:03 PM

    Too beautiful for words…

  43. Jennifer Yu

    2010-03-12 at 10:59 PM

    Those shoes looks liKe TRANSFORMERS SHOES ^^

  44. Emma

    2010-03-13 at 6:15 AM

    Love the detail shots!! I was disappointed with the collection, but further viewing – and seeing your photos has led to it starting to grow on me!
    Thanks!

  45. cl boots

    2010-03-13 at 6:40 AM

    Wearing a pair of shoes that women can better attract the eyes of men.” Christian Louboutin said when he apply for procedures at the Trademark Office in the United States.discountlouboutin

  46. Patty

    2010-03-13 at 3:41 PM

    Shoegasm! I love the mint green ones the most.

  47. Julia

    2010-03-18 at 12:59 AM

    Oh my gosh I am in love with these shoes and am thinking of any possible way to get my hands on them! Thanks for posting pictures of the clothes close up, it gave another dimension to the collection.
    xoxo
    FashionEye

  48. jane

    2010-03-18 at 4:20 AM
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    2010-03-23 at 12:45 AM

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