Balenciaga Blends Streetwear and Casual Garments

Balenciaga Blends Streetwear and Casual Garments

Balenciaga Blends Streetwear and Casual Garments

At-home style meets casual streetwear.

At-home style meets casual streetwear.

Text: Jared Peraglia

Balenciaga’s pre-summer 2021 collection maintains the brand's commitment to finding beauty in classic garments while introducing a promise to sustainable practices.

The collection infuses these themes into various outerwear and streetwear pieces that are reimagined to reflect the preceding unorthodox year. Each item incorporates at-home styles — such as a sweatshirt, bathrobe, jogger and slippers — reflecting Balenciaga’s acknowledgment of how the pandemic has reshaped fashion. 

A focus on sustainability in areas of design and production follows an increasing trend of fashion brands leaning into eco-friendly practices. Almost all of the materials in Balenciaga’s pre-summer 2021 collection are certified sustainable or upcycled. The collection also introduced an array of unisex pieces that help diminish gendered production practices that have dire environmental impacts.

Balenciaga launched their pre-summer 2021 collection with a video, directed by Walter Stern, that brings the global pandemic into conversation with darkened Paris streets that are usually filled with light during fashion week. 

Balenciaga’s womenswear collection was not the only one to receive a reinvisioned bathrobe. This red garment reflects the brand’s infusion of casualwear and attention to at-home style. Styled with a pair of shades, sneakers, ankle cut jeans and low rising turtle-neck, this look sits at the intersection of streetwear and home-wear.

Verging more on deliberate streetwear, this look’s centerpiece is the bright blue sweatshirt which receives a Balenciaga touch in its print and ripped design. Oversized items appear through the pre-summer collection in accessories and garment pieces. In this look, an oversized dog-tag necklace carries on the theme. 

Sweatpants receive the ultimate Balenciaga treatment in this look with half blue glam and half traditional casual wear. Balenciaga styles the sweats with a checkered button down and black shades.

Credits: Photos courtesy of Balenciaga.

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