The most succinct summary of today's Balenciaga show would be "2001: A Space Odyssey party at Studio 54". Some critics have suggested Power Ranger references, which I can accept. This collection perhaps offers one of the most literal interpretations of the future, but the brilliant styling also makes it one of the most approachable. One is easily distracted by all the alien glitz that you forget that these pieces are not fabricated in the future but are made here on earth in the present. And that realization is stunning. It is clearly evident that Nicholas Ghesquiere is putting his atelier to use, and what better way to approach construction and design then using a concept based off the unknown and yet-to-be-dreamed aesthetics of a world of tomorrow.
The collection reminds me of 2001: A Space Odyssey, how it begins with this ancient classical draping draping then progresses into a cold, severe (almost mod) futuristic look, finishing in an orgasm of light, shape and color reminiscent of that final scene in the film. The full collection will be on Style.com tomorrow, but admire the sock boot for now. He literally took a stocking and pulled it over the shoes to blank the shoe, or at least the ''talk of the shoe'' as Cathy Horn suggested.
I'll leave you with one of the sickest images I have seen all week (from today's Junya Watanabe presentation).