Demna Gvasalia didn’t anticipate success of Balenciaga’s Triple S sneakers

Demna Gvasalia had no idea Balenciaga’s Triple S sneakers would be so popular.The Georgian designer led teams at Maison Martin Margiela and Louis Vuitton in the past and is now garnering critical acclaim as creative director of Balenciaga and Vetements…

Demna Gvasalia had no idea Balenciaga’s Triple S sneakers would be so popular.

The Georgian designer led teams at Maison Martin Margiela and Louis Vuitton in the past and is now garnering critical acclaim as creative director of Balenciaga and Vetements.

Gvasalia first introduced the chunky-soled Triple S as part of his fall/winter 2017 Balenciaga menswear line, with the shoe quickly selling out and sparking the trend for “dad sneakers,” however, he is adamant that he never anticipated such strong interest in the creation.

“(The) Triple S became that commercial success that we didn’t expect,” he stated in an interview with The Washington Post. “We were not really very ready to supply the demand that we were actually getting… Everybody asks us, even the driver, like the Uber driver, asks me, ‘So when is there a new sneaker coming out?'”

A pair of Triple S sneakers cost around $830 (£645), with the shoes all currently sold out on the Balenciaga website. There is a huge demand for the designs on resale websites too, yet Gvasalia doesn’t view himself as the king of the “ugly” sneaker.

“I cannot feel the ownership or responsibility, for example, for ugly sneakers or whatever they call it. I cannot feel that responsibility because I truly do not consider Triple S as an ugly sneaker,” the 38-year-old continued. “I don’t like ugly things. Like, I don’t know who came up with that. I actually love beautiful things; but I maybe try to see beauty in other things that are not conventionally considered as beautiful today.”

Elsewhere in the discussion, Gvasalia spoke about his fall/winter 2019 ready-to-wear line for Balenciaga, and upheaval within the fashion world. He also chatted about his other controversial design – a $2,000 (£1,550) blue leather tote which resembles an expensive Ikea bag.

“I used, a lot, the actual Ikea bag in my student time. I always thought how great (it) would it be to have the same thing, but in a beautiful, luxurious bag,” he explained of the inspiration.

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Rei Kawakubo collaborates with Gucci and Burberry on mini holiday collection

Rei Kawakubo has convinced Gucci’s Alessandro Michele and Burberry star Riccardo Tisci to collaborate on a holiday collection.According to editors at WWD, the 76-year-old Japanese designer, who is revered for her work at brand Comme Des Garcons (CDG), …

Rei Kawakubo has convinced Gucci’s Alessandro Michele and Burberry star Riccardo Tisci to collaborate on a holiday collection.

According to editors at WWD, the 76-year-old Japanese designer, who is revered for her work at brand Comme Des Garcons (CDG), has created a collection of holiday items, based on an “iconic” piece of clothing, accessory or design fragment from her peers’ respective fashion houses.

The capsule collection of nine items, includes a “first time ever” collaboration for Maison Martin Margiela, as led by John Galliano, who allowed Rei to rework its iconic AIDS charity T-shirt, which has been reissued annually since 1993.

Fashion fans can also purchase Jean Paul Gaultier’s classic Breton top with red polka dots added to the sailor stripes, and a Burberry check scarf featuring the slogan “My Energy Comes from my Freedom” emblazoned across it. Other designers who have contributed to the range include Walter Van Beirendonck, Simone Rocha, Craig Green, Marine Serre, and Stussy. The items will cost from $250 – $500 (£194 – £389).

“We have always enjoyed the synergies of CDG-style collaborations, which is not about brainstorming and back-and-forth with the other party but about trust and respect,” Adrian Joffe, president of Comme des Garcons International and chief executive at Dover Street Market, told WWD. “Rei does not enjoy two captains on a ship. So, we either leave it to them or ask that they leave it to her. The nine brands were very happy to leave it to her this time.”

For streetwear brand Stussy, the playful designer switched the California brand’s logo upside down on a classic white T-shirt.

“It’s so cool,” Joffe smiled. “It’s about giving the possibility for accident and synergy.”

The collection, part of Comme des Garcons’ annual holiday campaign, will go on sale on Friday (23Nov18) in Rei’s boutique network in Japan, before it is rolled out to other CDG stores and Dover Street Market locations on 6 December.

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