Balenciaga’s flagship is falling apart, and more news you missed
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Balenciaga’s new London flagship is a total mess – and deliberately so. Sewagey liquid forms a dried patina on most of the shop’s concrete fixtures (all of which are calcified) while entire sections of the building’s infrastructure have been hacked away, revealing rusty pipes and old lift shafts. Masterminded by Sub studio, the Berlin-based architecture firm responsible for Demna’s AW22 snow globe, the store has been severed in half by an enormous fissure, throwing up mounds of synthetic dirt as if it were the result of some catastrophic, tectonic movement. According to designers Niklas Bildstein Zaar and Andrea Faraguna, it’s an experiment in ‘Raw Architecture’, and as such, to visit the label’s New Bond Street location is to walk through an abandoned car park, warehouse, or dank factory space.
In other fashion news this week, the world’s first Metaverse Fashion Week landed on Decentraland, while designer and former Vogue Ukraine editor-in-chief Julie Pelipas and Anna October launched Bettter.Community to support Ukrainian creatives. As we looked at all the stupid little trends from the AW22 runways, Yu Fujiwara sent out a street style broadcast from his time photographing Paris Fashion Week, and the ModeMuseum traced the relationship between flesh and fashion. Click through the gallery below to see what else may have passed you by.