For Balenciaga‘s Resort 2013 collection, creative director Nicolas Ghesquière discovered that the label’s namesake, Cristobal Balenciaga designed some costumes for a ballet in the 1930s. This unique piece of information was the catalyst for Balenciaga’s most recent resort collection that aims to flow with the ethereal grace of dancers’ clothes caught in motion. Through using the traditional haute couture concept of flou (soft clothes produced by dressmaking ateliers as opposed to the structured clothes made by their tailors), Ghesquière has managed to produce a collection anchored in history, yet with an individually modern viewpoint.
With art direction from House&Holmes, the campaign video, which accompanies the faultless shoot from Steven Meisel features a bevy of babes, lounging in a gladiators cave designed by Mary Holmes. Doused in jersey and chiffon pieces juxtaposed against molded leather harnesses, the pieces are fit like second skins, however the balletic influence subtly shows with dropped-waist seams, unlined fabrics and grandiose ruffles; oh and did we mention the amazing headpieces? Furthermore, the luscious color palette looks like it has been plucked from an Italian gelato shop, with soft yellows, blues and pinks being offset against a black and white base while ochre tones allowing the initial influence to not be so obvious. Cue standing ovation.