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  • BALENCIAGA is located at the Ground Floor of Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati CityBALENCIAGA is located at the Ground Floor of Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City
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  • Balencia Greenbelt 5 interiors
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05/31/17 Balenciaga’s Demna-Designed Store Opens in Greenbelt 5

Since taking over Balenciaga in 2015, artistic director Demna Gvasalia has managed to balance his resistance to oppressive fashion industry mores with a respect for the legendary label. Gvasalia’s perspective is a fresh one. It’s reflected not just in the inspired foundations he’s rebuilding the French fashion house upon, but in the interiors that make up its stores and the places they have sprouted.

Such balance echoes at Manila’s newly renovated Balenciaga store, just opened in Greenbelt 5. In a space devoted to women’s accessories, including footwear and eyewear, Gvasalia’s values stand sure through the confluence of industry and luxury. High-gloss rosewood is an oft-employed surface that represents the house’s haute couture stature, while concrete and cast aluminum elements are an emphasis on practicality amid the pomp. Brutalist walls let layered geometric mirroring serve a skewed reflection on what’s worn or displayed, as if to assert that there are countless ways to view beauty—many of which are unexpected.

Through Manila’s re-opened Balenciaga store, a new discourse between the storied fashion house’s past and its paradigm-questioning present is written across the walls. It is a space dictated not by the tired rules of retail but by revolutionary statements made.

BALENCIAGA is located at the Ground Floor of Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City