Cédric Charbit

“Haute Couture is a return to our roots and an opportunity for the future”

On July 7, Balenciaga presented its first Haute Couture collection for 53 years. Cédric Charbit, the House’s President and Chief Executive Officer, explains the thinking behind this remarkable return and its implications.

Why Haute Couture still has a future

Far from the trends and changes in fashion, Haute Couture has a special place in the luxury market. But is this seemingly timeless position still viable in a sector that is constantly evolving? What value can it bring to brands today?

O.Saillard-portrait Gregoire Alexandre

“Balenciaga’s absence was an anomaly”

A recognized historian of fashion, the Director of the Alaïa Foundation and the Creative Director of J.M. Weston, Olivier Saillard discusses the place of Balenciaga’s founder in the history of Haute Couture and the special connection with Demna Gvasalia.

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