Demna’s Winter 2022 show elevated Balenciaga from one of the world’s most revered brands to one that has become respected beyond the glitz of fashion week, as it paid homage to the current crisis in Ukraine with a poem recited by the creative director himself and offered spectators a personalized Balenciaga t-shirt in the colors of the Ukrainian flag. Likewise, the show itself was a powerful and immersive experience, as the models were subjected to freezing conditions inside a glass-protected snow machine, separating guests from the models while articulating visually how Demna feels about fleeing her home country of Georgia. , and similarly, how families in Ukraine are currently fleeing war. And aside from the blizzard, or even the snapped invitation of Apple’s iPhone 6, there were plenty of fashion moments that got the world thinking, like the Trash Pouch.
As Demna said WWD, “I couldn’t miss an opportunity to make the most expensive trash bag in the world, because who doesn’t love a fashion scandal?” This is what the designer has done since this luxurious accessory is modeled on a disposable garbage bag, but here in soft cowhide leather. It’s a commentary on how people fleeing war zones in desperation would throw their life’s belongings into such bags and escape the war, but also, it notes how fashion will accept that something like this can be sewing; and it’s not the first time it’s been seen on the runway, as Vaquera pulled out a puffy shell mini dress while Lanvin SS14 seen models clutching trash bag-shaped pouches.
However, Balenciaga’s effort is arguably the trickiest rendition yet. Available in four colours: black, white and red, blue and black or yellow and black, we find everything from the bag’s cords to the calfskin interior. A delicate layer has been added to give the accessory an uneven sheen, replicating the glossy black bags you line your bins with, while subtle branding is printed on the front.
The Balenciaga trash can is priced at €1,400 EUR (1,790 USD) and can be purchased at Balenciaga boutiques and on line now.
In other news, Prada dropped a padded scarf outfitted with its house emblems.