The Fusion of Function and Opulence in Balenciaga’s Latest Vision

Dear Shaded Viewers,

Los Angeles  played host to Balenciaga’s first runway spectacle in the city last night, a move that effortlessly blended Hollywood’s high-gloss with the city’s laid-back vibe. Set against a backdrop of palm trees and a soundtrack crafted by BFRND, the collection unveiled a narrative deeply rooted in the local fashion vernacular, yet interpreted through Demna’s cinematic eye.

The show’s trajectory mirrored the diverse lifestyle of L.A.—from active mornings to glamorous Hollywood nights. Jogging shorts, yoga-ready bra tops, and gym-essential sweatshirts introduced a chapter of activewear defined by straightforward utility. The narrative evolved into a nod to the velour tracksuit renaissance, with the jersey section featuring street style influences and a hint of nostalgia, signified by low-slung trousers paired with cropped jackets.

A turn to neo-grunge brought forth an array of oversized, layered looks, marked by asymmetrical cuts and street-smart accessories. Daywear was then elevated, as Balenciaga’s expertise in tailoring shone through in pieces that balanced casual comfort with precise construction.

Eveningwear provided a climactic endnote, where the heritage of Cristóbal Balenciaga was channeled into modern silhouettes, resulting in a striking interplay of past and present. The show culminated with a statement piece: a white gown paired with a structured face shield, encapsulating the allure of anonymity.

The accessory lineup was equally compelling, introducing the Rodeo bag alongside essential totes and a fresh interpretation of eyewear. The 10XL Sneaker emerged as a new icon, exemplifying Balenciaga’s flair for dramatic proportions.

Post-show, a selection of exclusive items became available, including collaborative pieces with Erewhon that celebrate local culture through fashion. The Balenciaga | Jacob & Co. collection marked a debut into high-end jewellery, marrying hand-set diamonds with the brand’s craftsmanship.

In summary, the event was a homage to Los Angeles, a celebration of everyday luxury, and a reaffirmation of Balenciaga’s innovative spirit.




Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.