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.