Today, Demna Gvasalia unveiled his third menswear collection for Balenciaga since taking over the famed brand two seasons ago. In the past, we've seen everything from big, boxy coats to high fashion Bernie Sanders--now, Gvasalia is giving us a new twist of haute couture: dad vibes, worn on the shoulders of real dads with their real kids.
"I thought it was so beautiful to see a young man with a child and it's so hopeful and so positive," Gvasalia told Dazed. "There was this hopefulness actually that drove through the whole season, the kids represented that hope."
Opting out of the now-expected uber cool athletic streetwear seen on so many mens' runways, Gvasalia directed his design concepts toward the banal. The first model wore a sports coat, and others wore cords, polos, and patterned dad shirts. There were leather bags made to look like grocery bags, dry cleaning bags draped like capes, and pants with shorts superimposed over them.
What's more, the show took place outdoors in a forest in the Bois de Boulogne in Paris, a park infamous for its high volume of gay cruising. The runway stretched along a carpet with seats on either side, so long it you almost could not see the end of it.
Take a look at some of our favorite looks, below, then head to Balenciaga's site to watch the entire show:
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