Balenciaga Resort 2012 Starring Nyasha Matonhodze, Miranda Kerr and Jamie Bochert

Nicolas Ghesquière is the king of futuristic fashion, but for Resort 2012, he is going for things that can be worn and appreciated in real-time, with knee-length skirts and volume galore.

Many pieces of the collection were inspired by Mona Bismarck who was an American socialite and fashion icon, being inducted into the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame. In 1926, she opened a dress shop in New York and seven years later, she was named “The Best Dressed Woman in the World” by the likes of Chanel, Vionnet and Lanvin. Not bad for a girl from Kentucky. Cole Porter dedicated lyrics to her, Dalí painted her portrait and she was a great friend to Diana Vreeland and Cristóbal Balenciaga. A very deserving influence indeed and I am glad that Ghesquière was inspired by her so that I had the chance to learn more about her.

The volume came by way of roomy shorts and A-line skirts. The former will be perfect for warm weather days and vacations, but beware: sometimes “roomy” things can accentuate parts that in fact need to be minimized. Best leave those pieces to the models. The latter will definitely fly off the shelves as they will work for any woman, no matter what her size. Blouses were kept full and easy, usually with pronounced shoulders. Another silhouette that will be perfect for every woman, including those who are pregnant and trying to enhance their maternity style.

The prints were fantastic including rich-colored paisley on a button-front blouse on Miranda Kerr and that same print mixed with a metallic brick print on a jacket worn by Jamie Bochert. I truly cannot wait to see how “It” girls mix and match the looks on the red carpet (let’s face it mixing and matching will have to be done) and let’s see if any celebrity moms wear it out and about.

Visit www.balenciaga.com for more information and see more looks from the Resort 2012 collection below.

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