Photography courtesy of Balenciaga

Cravats, pigtails and polka dots have taken over the New York Stock Exchange.

Demna is there to give a performance on the fetishization of finance, not a lesson on the pitfalls of capitalism. That’s why the creative director decided to show Balenciaga’s spring 2023 collection on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange last Sunday.

“Clothing is a fetish object,” he said, according to fashion company. “That’s why I do it. There was a connection between fetishism and money being the biggest fetish in the world.

His choice of such a volatile setting is nothing if not on the mark. Demna’s penchant for dystopian daydreams was also seen at Paris Fashion Week, where the designer constructed a mock blizzard (first as a commentary on climate change before becoming on the war in Ukraine).

With stock symbols serving as the backdrop, models obscured by full body suits paraded down the revamped runway ridden by prominent audiences including Kanye, Alexa Demie, Anna Wintour, Pharell, Chloë Sevigny and Megan Thee Stallion.

Chloë Sevigny, Alexa Demie, Anna Wintour, Christine Quinn. Photography courtesy of Balenciaga

The spring collection included Balenciaga’s new Garde-Robe line, evening wear and its collaboration with Adidas. The latter included shoes, bags, jewelry and accessories with the Adidas logo and “Balenciaga” written underneath in the sportswear retailer’s typeface. Garde-Robe featured wardrobe staples in elevated cuts, sharp finishes and materials like wool, silk, gabardine and artisanal denim, while the evening wear collection offered an updated take on outfits formal with form-fitting dresses, reconstructed tuxedos and floor-length silk trench coats with trains.

Something a Wall Street trader could wear in the dark and distant future, perhaps? Decide yourself. Click through the gallery below to view the entire Spring 2023 collection, including the Balenciaga/Adidas collab, in the gallery below.


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