>> Balenciaga became a standing-only show this morning — even for Salma Hayek Pinault, Anna Wintour, and Catherine Deneuve — between the high high heels, the highly-polished floor, and the breaking benches, which caused a number of attendees to fall, including Carine Roitfeld, some flat on their backs. Cathy Horyn Tweeted, "Benches cracking at Balenciaga as guests leap up. A second one just carted off. Now a third broke and nervous buzz starts, as in "Me next?" The International Herald Tribune's Jessica Michault chimes in: "Everyone has been asked to stand during the Balenciaga show because 4 of the benches have already collapsed under the likes of Mario Testino." And Tommy Ton added after the show: "I felt like I just attended the church of Balenciaga. Everyone standing in heels watching." A few pictures of the scene, in the slideshow.
Benches Break at Balenciaga, Causing All Attendees To Stand for the Show