How to Get the Balenciaga Look at Home
Since Cristóbal Balenciaga opened his first boutique in 1918, Balenciaga has symbolized modern style to the world. Rumor has it that Jacqueline Kennedy loved his designs so much that her bills were paid for by her father, instead of her husband, for fear that the American public would think her purchases too lavish. (We understand completely, Jackie.) The cutting-edge designs have not changed since Balenciaga’s days.
Alexander Wang, the fashion house’s current designer, said in regards to his latest collection, "At the beginning, it was about the idea of architectural forms and symmetry, the 360-degree view.” Intrigued by the idea of a home inspired by Balenciaga’s architectural designs, check out our findings below (including Jeffrey Alan Mark's dynamic dining room design), and prepare for your space to get inordinately fashionable.
The brand’s recent runway shows and ad campaigns have confirmed one thing: when it comes to Balenciaga, it’s all about black. Although a pop of lime green or fuchsia is welcome, keep your decorating palette minimal. All black everything may seem boring, but by varying textures, the lack of color looks undeniably chic.
Balenciaga favored fluid lines, which allowed him to alter the way clothing related to a woman’s body. He introduced designs that redefined the ideal silhouette for women, including the balloon jacket, cocoon coat, and baby-doll dress. When shopping for furniture, look for pieces with similarly interesting forms, like an asymmetrical chair, a geometric table, or a streamlined sofa.
Balenciaga’s latest ad campaigns, featuring Gisele Bündchen with a slick tapered haircut, showcase yet another decorating tool: reflective surfaces. No need to channel Bündchen and smash mirrors all around you, but incorporating polished surfaces adds a streamlined look to your place. If you’re feeling bold, cover a whole wall in mirror. Besides looking fabulous, it’ll give you another angle to admire your new Balenciaga home.