Demna’s rift on social, economic, planetary and political commentary has always translated in his Balenciaga fashion shows and this standout season called the mud show was no different. It had all the everyday nuances—dad carrying baby in a front harness, to side shoulder bags that formed a sleeve, plastic clogs covered in diamanté, cute little rag doll bags and the coolest shades, which made this SS23 season truly special.
The trash bags made a return but this time in lush leather, and of course all the street references were there from extra-wide band undies with the label spelt out clearly (those will be a sell-out), to hoodies and cropped puffer jackets. The finale looks were delicious evening dresses dripping in diamanté worn with plastic clogs or strappy heels.
What was so special was the excavations to create this massive mud-filled auditorium which held the most prestigious editors and celebrities, but no one could say that Demna shows are anything but the salt of the earth because like his show notes state, “the set of this show is a metaphor for digging for truth and being down to earth.”
Harper’s BAZAAR Singapore had exclusive backstage access to the show where Kylie Jenner, Han So-hee, Bella Hadid, Alexa Demie and Naomi Campbell mingled with other stars and models.
Icons like Sammi Cheng and Jay Chou were also spotted attending the show.