The Spring 2009 collection by Nicolas Ghesquiere for Balenciaga concentrated on light as a theme and so we saw interesting examples of opacity and iridescence, making his signature tailoring all the better. To be honest our first thought was that it called up Prada Fall 08. In the Balenciaga collection nude and neutral sheaths cover the body (hands and feet even) and then, in many cases, an opulent layer is added over the opaque base. In Prada Fall 08 the lace pieces were layered over nude and white collars and cuffs (and undergarments) that covered the body. It's the same principle really. A nude/neutral opaque covering on the body (a simulation of nudity but more strict) and, over top, a fashion piece--a glittering or lacy or otherwise opulent garment. For more on the nude underpinnings, check out Maison Martin Margiela Spring 2009. There's a trend gaining momentum here, and it isn't of the mass market variety...but we're sure H&M will find a way.