Balenciaga is the Spanish fashion house founded by revolutionary designer CristÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ³bal Balenciaga in 1914. CristÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ³bal was famed for his notoriously strict and great standards and was once even referred to as 'the master of us all'ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ by Christian Dior. Other iconic fans of CristÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ³bal Balenciaga include Hurbert De Givenchy, who claimed that: "Balenciaga created not only a style but technique. He was the architect of Haute couture." Designs typical to Balenciaga clothing include unconventional, boxy hems and unfathomable, imaginative shaping.
The brand is arguably best known for its handbags, coming in ranges from muted to extreme bright colour ways, boasting a range of luxury materials from leather to suede, venturing into more tropical materials such as ostrich and crocodile. Balenciaga handbags are a staple in the wardrobes of many celebrities, including Nicole Richie, Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Katie Holmes. However, the label's graphic tees, beautiful, architecturally structured clothing and inspired accessories, for both men and women, are what make Balenciaga stand out as one of the most daring and imperial labels in the fashion world today, never straying from CristÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ³bal Balenciaga's initial head-turning vision.
Balenciaga Arena are high top sneakers from Balenciaga, and are extremely popular amongst the fashion elite. Balenciaga Arena sneakers are most likely to be seen on musician Kanye West. The rapper is a vocal fan of the label's footwear.
The current Creative Director at Balenciaga is Alexander Wang, who has taken the fashion industry by storm and is known globally as one of the brightest young minds in the business.