Balenciaga’s Playbook on Wearing Black, a Closer Look at Vintage Margiela Boots, Plus ‘Grape Leather’

HOW TO WEAR BLACK: Yes, Cristóbal Balenciaga pretty much wrote the book on it. And for fall 2017, Balenciaga’s Demna Gvasalia reinterpreted nine of the house founder’s couture dresses from the 1950s. You can see the originals at the “Balenciaga, l’œuvre au noir” exhibition in Paris’s Musée Bourdelle (the ones without the neon spandex stretch boots) until July 16. http://www.parismusees.paris.fr

Balenciaga fall 2017.
Balenciaga fall 2017.

WINE O’CLOCK: Brouilly has all the antioxidant benefits of a vin rouge without the morning-after repercussions of its stronger counterparts. It’s the French girl’s secret weapon. And for a genius use for those leftover foils, look no further than “vintage” Margiela. On display recently at the Maison Margiela Paris showroom were these archive Tabi boots from 2012.

But what about the leftovers from the actual winemaking process? Turns out H&M has that covered. Winner of the H&M Foundation-sponsored Global Change Award this year: Grape Leather, which uses grape skins and stalks to create a fully vegetal “leather.” The team behind the innovation just scooped up over $300,000 to develop their product.


LUCKY DIP: Arguably the sneaker capital of Europe, Paris is home to streetwear classics from Pigalle to Le Coq and Maison Kitsuné — even if the city does have the highest percentage of Stan Smith wearers in the world (though I’m sure adidas probably has a stat somewhere). And now there’s a new label for sneakerheads to geek out over. Just in its second season, Both blends natural leathers (horse as it goes, but this is France, so it’s officially a byproduct) and cottons with a vulcanized rubber dip — laces and all!


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