Paris Fashion Week F/W 2010: Balenciaga, a Project Runway challenge?

We were tucked up in bed when the first images and video of Balenciaga’s Fall/Winter 2010 hit the internet, but we literally fell off our chairs when WWD reported that the entire French Vogue team including Carine Roitfeld was banned from attending the Balenciaga show yesterday. “We’re blacklisted,” Roitfeld said. “It’s too bad, it’s a beautiful house and it’s French. I hope that it’s not forever.” She also added that Balencicga no longer advertises in the magazines or loans its clothes out for shoots. Not that Roitfeld would explain why there is such a rift, and Balenciaga chose not to comment.

Meanwhile, when we finally saw this video of the collection, we wondered if it was a flashback to last season with new clothes, designed Project Runway style. In the clip Nicholas Ghesquiere says the collection was “…inspired by domestic things, things very usual like plastic things where you put food, foam packaging, stuff that are simple and we can find every day. And I thought it would be interesting to explore with the Balenciaga touch.”

Just because Louis Vuitton did luxury garbage bags as handbags, there is no need for plastic or foam-esque clothes in high fashion though. It reminded us of a Project Runway challenge – as if Ghesquiere was told to make a collection from supermarket projects – with the models sporting the same beauty looks as last season. Our verdict? We’re running out of love for Balenciaga.