Balenciaga Spring '18 Collection Is A Field Day For Fathers

Daddy is always cool.

BY Joy Ling | Feb 1, 2018 | Fashion

Photographs by Julian Baumann

As luxury menswear embraces sportswear and all things youthful, Balenciaga brings us a tribute to dads. Segueing from Fall ’17’s Corporate Man, Creative Director Demna Gvasalia unveils his muse’s alter ego—Weekend Dad—who revels in his oversized polo tees, tacky Hawaiian shirts and other straight-out-of-the-’90s insignias of fatherhood.

But if you think about it, it is streetwear. The billowy windbreakers, the slouchy shapes and the practical footwear all point to comfort. Yet, ironically, this function-first dress code, much disdained by their sons, is the one that the latter will end up in like a generational curse.

As much as Gvasalia plays up the subversion of a concept, there’s no questioning how he transforms archetypes into centrepieces of a trend. Take, for example, the obvious plastic-coated garments, seemingly just collected from the dry cleaners. Or the intentionally gimmicky three-panelled trouser: a combination of cotton, denim and leather segments that can be modified when required.

While humour is clearly invested in the exaggerated apparel, Gvasalia is not mocking fathers or their attire choices. The collection is just like the quintessential dad joke: you groan, but you secretly enjoy it. It celebrates the best paternity epitomes, and we couldn’t be more in favour of being a chip off the old block. Thankfully, dad bod not required.