I've been avoiding commenting on Balenciaga's fall 2008 collection, mostly because I'm still not sure how I feel about it. Style.com raved about it, saying it was an "extraordinary synthesis" of tailoring and modernity and Cristobal and Nicolas and it certainly is a synthesis -- but I'm not so sure it's all that extraordinary.
It seems like a blasphemy to be underwhelmed by Balenciaga -- and I'm shocked that I'm even capable of being underwhelmed by Balenciaga. I'm having a personal identity crisis over here, all because Mr. Ghesquiere seems to have phoned it in this season, expanding on the armor-like seaming of spring (Photo1 ), throwing in some classic Balenciaga references (Photo 2), and including a couple of curiously boring, Valentino-esque dresses (Photo 3). The only things that looked relatively inventive to me were the draped velvet tops (Photo 4) and the undecipherable print dresses (Photo 5), neither of which I was very fond of.
I'm at a loss! Thoughts??