Balenciaga Resort 2013
For Resort 2013, Nicolas Ghesquière looked to the ballet costumes designed by his house's founder in the '30s. Updating those pastel-hued vintage pieces with a few well-placed flourishes — and adding deeper colors like rust and navy blue — yielded a line of fluid, feminine clothing with decidedly modern edge. Second-skin sleeveless tops got cutouts shaped like hearts and teardrops, while a few flared dresses and skirts were injected with movement by way of ruffles stitched to their hemlines. Unexpected leather elements like skirts and harnesses helped those sweeter pieces feel right at home next to more masculine pinstripe pants and boxy jackets. And as if to underscore his balletic inspiration further, Ghesquière paired the looks with gladiator boots accented by stacks of bows.