Balenciaga unveiled its Fall 2024 collection in Los Angeles this weekend.
The lineup was revealed on a palm tree-lined street and scored by BFRND with a custom track featuring multiple voiceovers, illustrating Demna’s interpretation of L.A.’s fashion codes through a cinematic, character-driven lens.
For this collection, Demna was inspired by everyday activities – such as jogging, yoga and gym sessions, and then cross-referenced them with Hollywood evenings in LA.
The result was a collection which spoke both of glamour and ergonomic ease.
In between, sections of updated grunge, upscaled daywear and signature tailoring were also revealed.
Items are straightforward: shorts, bra tops, leggings and sweatshirts are included. A jersey section follows. This portion nods to the American velour tracksuit trend and celebrity street-style photographs of the aughts. New versions of the suit suggest low-slung trousers – some low enough to reveal undergarments beneath – and cropped hooded jackets. Knee-high Alaska boots are added.
Garments are oversized and layered. Highlight items include cut-up asymmetric trousers, a hand-embroidered leopard-motif coat, outdoor hotel slippers and leather bags lined with nylon shopper totes. Upscaled daywear, outsize proportions and precise tailoring – many pieces with flattened square shoulders or styled as tweed sets – bridge informality and glamour. One hooded jacket has an integrated scarf, which can be used for paparazzi deterrence.
Shapes and silhouettes are highly defined, and many of the garments fuse past and present by referencing original designs made by Cristobal Balenciaga himself. Wrapped coat- dresses cut an angular, plush form, while tailored one-shoulder gowns impart a softer impression. The final look furthers the incognito element: a monumental white gown in heavy white satin with a structured face shield.