Last Thursday in Paris, fashion week was fully under way. Balenciaga was the first order of the day, and what a start that was. Balenciaga is one of the most respected houses in fashion, period. And Nicolas Ghesquiere, who has been the genius behind the collections since 1997, is purely untouchable.
Usually, fashion darlings are newly emerging designers that press all the right buttons, and as a result, are beloved by the industry. Yet, Ghesquiere has been a fashion darling for over a decade and shows no signs of slowing down. His collections for Balenciaga have been tremendous commercial and critical successes. He does not seem to do any wrong.
He can get away with pretty much anything. That’s a good thing, because at Thursday’s Balenciaga show, the unthinkable happened. As the show was about to begin, guests started to hear cracks in their benches, and suddenly they collapsed. Imagine being in a room with Anna Wintour, Catherine Deneuve, Salma Hayek and Alexandra Shulman, and all of a sudden, you are flat on your ass.