Balenciaga Fall 2008: Hokusai School Meets Hudson River School

Nicolas Ghesquière's looks for Balenciaga Fall 2008 may still look spacey, but at least they'd look great on someone in my sitting in my apartment (something I actually consider when shopping or designing invitations that hint at a theme) -- or hanging on the wall. He seems to have found inspiration in other things that commonly hang on walls. While he told that he "wanted something austere, but with a bit of Spanish drama" he seems to have wanted some Upstate New York and Japanese drama, too.

Asher B. Durand’s painting Kindred Spirits, an 1849 landscape depicting Thomas Cole, the founder of the Hudson River School of landscape painting, and William Cullen Bryant, a journalist who inspired Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Boy on Mt. Fuji by Katsushika Hokusai