August 30 2014

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At Balenciaga, A Standing-Room-Only Crowd


Balenciaga gave its showgoers something to tweet about even before its models hit the catwalk today. “Benches cracking at Balenciaga as guests leap up. A second one just carted off. Now a third broke and nervous buzz starts, as in ‘Me next?’ ” said @CathyHorynNYT. The Traina sisters reportedly jumped when they heard the first crack, others found themselves flat on the floor after the benches, supporting the likes of Mario Testino, Catherine Deneuve, Carine Roitfeld, and’s Nicole Phelps, broke. So, it turned into a standing-room-only show. “All standing like in a church!” tweeted @AnnaDelloRusso. And the reactions were appropriately reverent. At a different show, the audience might’ve gotten restless, but here the disciples liked what they saw in the boxy coats and killer angular heels. “Amazing Balenciaga show by Nicolas Ghesquière!” added ADR afterward. The crowd was already on their feet to give M. Ghesquière what amounted to a standing ovation when he came out to take a bow.

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