Those draped satin pants at Balenciaga that everyone’s been talking about, with a cummerbund waist, are, as you might imagine, expensive: about $8,000. But in the showroom, which was chocked this morning with buyers (including the Barneys team), I saw a commercial style in black wool that I liked almost as much. They’re sort of full and soft at the top and then narrow and become snug below the knees: about $950. Some of the draped skirts and skimmy print dresses from the commercial line also looked pretty good, I thought. If you want one of the beaded “tweed” tops that opened the Balenciaga show, with the satin draped skirts, the long-sleeve tops will set you back $50,000.
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