DE­SIGNER SPOT­LIGHT

Demna Gvasalia

Real Style - - Fashion News -

As the re­cently ti­tled cre­ative di­rec­tor of Ba­len­ci­aga, Demna Gvasalia is quickly be­com­ing a house­hold name. The 35-year-old de­sign tal­ent may hail from Sukhumi, a city in north­west­ern Ge­or­gia, but he’s earn­ing a stylish rep­u­ta­tion far away from his home coun­try. The tal­ented de­signer joined the Span­ish lux­ury la­bel last au­tumn, tak­ing the helm from pre­vi­ous de­signer Alexan­der Wang.

Founder of the emerg­ing Paris-based la­bel Vete­ments, Gvasalia trained at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in An­twerp, Bel­gium. Be­fore join­ing Ba­len­ci­aga, he worked for fash­ion houses Mai­son Martin Margiela and Louis Vuit­ton. To­day, the quirky and re­bel­lious Gvasalia is known for his edgy in­die style that com­bines sports­wear with street style. Loose sil­hou­ettes, ath­leisure, menswear-in­spired tai­lored jack­ets and vo­lu­mi­nous skirts are all part of his de­sign aes­thetic.

For his Fall 2016 de­but at Ba­len­ci­aga, Gvasalia re­vamped the run­ways with his sig­na­ture edge and mod­ern­ized el­e­gance. Dark grey neu­trals, over­sized bulky jack­ets, match­ing knit sets and dark plaids all left a mark on the Ba­len­ci­aga cat­walk. With his fo­cus on wear­able style and an­drog­y­nous chic, Gvasalia is one to keep on yourour fash­ion radar.

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