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Italian maison Balestra’s Reload Collection sets new standards for contemporary glamour

A new generation creative team presents a shimmering, sequined collection to relaunch the values of the historical maison

February 24, 2022: Italian fashion gets a makeover as Balestra presents its renewed vision. Giving homage to Renato Balestra’s unique eye and penchant for the iconic blue shade, this FW 2022-23 collection – called Reload – is an electrifying amalgamation of history with future. 

Balestra FW 2022-23 collection

The historical Italian Haute Couture fashion house, originally founded in 1959, presents a new aesthetic built on creative innovation. The maison has put together a creative team of emerging talents able to propel the brand’s evolution into the future. 

Balestra FW 2022-23 collection

After launching its new logo and identity, Balestra presented its first prêt-à-porter collection during the Milan Fashion Week.

Balestra FW 2022-23 collection

Born from a dream of light at dusk, the collection speaks of freedom, of the desire to live the night, and stay up until dawn. It is strength, courage and pride: a return to beauty and joy. “It is said that those who see the sun rise in a dream are about to begin a period of rebirth and change. It is a symbol of optimism and faith in the future,” says Sofia Bertolli Balestra, head of research, design and brand identity. “Dreams allow us to go beyond reality, to shape our future, to let ourselves believe in ambitious goals, and sometimes to see who we truly are.”

Balestra FW 2022-23 collection

Balestra FW 2022-23 collection

The timeless collection, designed to overcome seasonality, is inspired by Haute Couture. It is fluid and sustainable, in harmony with new generations’ sensitivity and awareness. “We started from our roots. We drew inspiration from Balestra’s legendary period between the late 1970s and the 1980s, referencing soft shapes, plunging necklines and oversized shoulders, allowing the body complete freedom. A beautiful dream that goes from day to night,” explains Ms. Balestra, who is also the granddaughter of the founder Renato Balestra.

Balestra FW 2022-23 collection

Balestra FW 2022-23 collection

The silhouettes are form fitting. The Balestra Blu is given center stage as it merges with black, white, nude and grey. The collection’s vision is inspired by a strong woman and is overlapped with Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s evocative symbolism and shared love for Rome. Thus, the Eternal City returns in all of its magnificence, on the fabrics printed with Piranesi’s 18th-century etchings. 

Balestra FW 2022-23 collection

The maison’s heritage is also featured by the RB monogram – originally designed in 1971 by Renato Balestra – which expands into a large-scale print, with a neon effect created by overlapping graphics.

Balestra FW 2022-23 collection

The assortment also seems to beckon the young and trendy back to the social floor as the pandemic seems to loosen its hold. It’s time to celebrate. Indeed.

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