Demna Gvasalia Dedicates Balenciaga’s Fall/Winter 2022 Collection To Ukraine

And through the show, Balenciaga conveys a message of resistance and fearlessness

This Balenciaga Fall/Winter 2022 show is by far Demna Gvasalia’s most personal and heart-wrenching presentation to date. The Balenciaga creative director, who fled his home country of Georgia amid a civil war, made a poignant statement during Paris Fashion Week by staging his show in a set that resembles an Arctic tundra, addressing both climate change and the war in Ukraine.

Prior to the show, guests were sent a used iPhone 6s (which were the invitations) and also a statement on waste and neglect. A T-shirt dyed in the blue and yellow colors of the Ukrainian flag was placed on every seat along with a written statement how the Georgian designer decided to go on with the show because he didn’t want to surrender to the evil that has already hurt him for almost 30 years. And moments before the lights went off, Denma’s voice is heard reading a poem in Ukraininan by Oleksandr Oles with a message to Ukraine to be strong and focus on love.

The show saw models bracing the elements in standout pieces with bold silhouettes, leather jackets, bombers, denim and tracksuit jackets. Turtleneck sweaters, pants and hoodies were staples of the capsule, along with hybrid stretch dresses and jumpsuits that were reworked with the fusion of gloves, shoes, pants and leggings. The collection’s palette is primarily black, gray and brown then touches of white, strong florals and strong prints followed by yellow and blue completes the collection.