Balenciaga, now helmed by artistic director Alexander Wang, has opened a boutique at Highland Park Village. Designer Ryan Korban created the shop’s aesthetic with materials such as dark green marble—a Wang signature—polished chrome, cracked resin limestone and suede. A black-and-white tiled floor, an homage to the classic tiles used by Cristóbal Balenciaga in Paris, has been updated with the addition of polished steel cabochon tiles.
The setting is ideal to show off the brand’s fall/winter collection, which focuses on sculpted knits (which are folded, bonded, shaped, embroidered, laminated and twisted) and handcrafting. Standouts include structured leather dresses, asymmetrical embroidered coats, cable-knit raincoats and tailored canvas trousers. Wang sees the new space as “a salon in the couture tradition, which encapsulates all of the symbols of the new design concept.” For a contemporary store, it’s got something of an old soul. “I’m inspired by its sense of intimacy and how all of the contrasting materials come together to link history and future in a beautiful way,” he says.
11 Highland Park Village; balenciaga.com