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Designer Focus: Balenciaga

Designer Focus: Balenciaga

Know your Triple S from your Speed sock? Your belt bags from your backpacks? Head this way for the latest hit list from Balenciaga - from old classics to the future favourites that you’ll be wearing for seasons to come, all thanks to their creative director, the Georgian dynamo and Vetements founder Demna Gvasalia.


You know chunky trainers, of course you do. But this is the chunky trainer. Presented by Gvasalia to bemused Balenciaga executives prior to its 2017 runway debut, the Triple S is the silhouette that shook the sneaker world to its core. It's a mash-up piece, combining running, basketball and track shoe soles, hence "Triple S". It's in the trainer hall of fame, if such a thing exists.


Belt bags (see also bum bags and fanny packs à la the Americans) moved from practical hiker gear to the height of fashion back in 2017, but Balenciaga have truly perfected the model. Designed to be worn across the body – perfect for holding together oversized trenches, blazers and gathering in loose waists – this one bears the brand’s signature white logo typeface across the front on a handy pocket. A future classic if ever we saw one.


There have been many a Balenciaga logo iteration over the years (the 2016 white-red-n-blue Bernie Sanders-inspired take anyone?) but this one which harks back to the brand’s origins in 1917 is one of our favourites. Wear adorned on a simple, black backpack for maximum impact.


Immortalised by Cardi B as "the ones that look like socks" on her hit I Like It, the Speed is tied for first place in the Balenciaga sneaker race. Pared-down, compared to the maximalist style of the Triple S, this minimal sock-like design has captured hearts the world over. Plus, they combine the sock and shoe into one, so getting ready in the morning is even easier.


Totes are having a moment this season with luxe, oversized shoppers becoming the bag de jour. But – as you’d expect – Balenciaga have taken the trend one step further by dressing theirs in head-to-toe animal print (and a glossy black croc pattern if you prefers yours a little more neutral) and shrunk it down to an adorable miniature size. Suitable for the weekly shop? Certainly not – that’s what delivery is for.