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Balenciaga Nicolas Ghesquière Floral Silk One Shoulder Top Spring 2008


Creative director and designer Nicolas Ghesquière reported to Vogue that his Spring 2008 Balenciaga collection was “exploring new territory” which he achieved by introducing vivid colors and using non-traditional fabrics to create his designs. The collection paid homage to the house’s roots by recreating silhouettes and sculptural elements introduced by Balenciaga himself, albeit with a youthful, edgy flair.

Done in a gorgeous draped silk jersey, this one shoulder bustier top features a bright floral print done in shades of magenta, light pink, orange, emerald, and dark green. This iconic print was featured in fashion campaigns and was seen on the 2008 Spring runway, and evokes a lush, jewel-toned vision of spring.

The draped, one shoulder neckline flows seamlessly into a knotted twist at the center of the bust. An intersecting length of silk jersey that is gathered across and ruched along the left side of the bodice makes up the other half of the twist, making it seem as if the fabric is being pulled upward. The tulip shaped hem at the front of the bodice echoes the neckline while emphasizing the diagonal line from the shoulder.

Size: 40 FR

Bust: 32-34 inches

Waist: 28 inches

Length: 22 inches

The draped material of the one shoulder neckline continues along the back of the bodice, creating a continuous diagonal loop that reaches from the front shoulder, across the bodice, and up the back of the top. Elegant and feminine, this top is the perfect choice for a cocktail party or special occasion, and can easily be paired with palazzo pants and heels for a sophisticated, chic look.

In excellent condition, this top is lined and closes with a concealed side zip. There is light padding concealed in the lining at the bust and upper back. High-quality vintage pieces like this are yours to live in and love while increasing in value every year. It’s never too soon to start collecting them, as an investment in your wardrobe—and in yourself.

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