Balenciaga drops the ultimate spotlight-stealing coat for spring.
Balenciaga’s crushed velvet jersey 3D molded coat in azure. (Photo courtesy of Balenciaga)
Nothing says spring like a splash of color, and with his crushed velvet jersey coats, Balenciaga Creative Director Demna Gvasalia has created what might be the most eye-popping look of the season. “It’s everything you need,” says Chicago fashion guru Ikram Goldman of the 3D molded coat, available in dazzling azure and orchid. “For a season that did really special jackets and overcoats and men’s suiting, those two coats captured femininity, elegance, style, cut and shape. And then, to add those vibrant colors, it’s so perfect. You don’t need anything under it—that is your piece. That’s what you go out in.”
In this uber-casual age, Goldman also appreciates the coat’s drama. “I see wearing it to a dinner or cocktail party, even a stage appearance if you’re giving a speech—somewhere important. These are special coats; it’s the piece that you wear if you want to be taken seriously.”
Perhaps most significant is how it cements Gvasalia’s place as fashion’s man of the moment. Sums up Goldman, “With Demna’s youthfulness and streetwise fashion sense and his ability to incorporate the couture tradition of a house like Balenciaga into his own culture and ideas, it’s exactly the fresh, new perspective the house needed. For me, he is it.” Price upon request, Ikram, 15 E. Huron St., 312.587.1000