Now a mainstay in their permanent collection, the Balenciaga C shape puffer jacket is arguably just as iconic as any of the label’s many established styles. Named thusly for its distinctive “C” shaped curve at the hem, accompanying features such as its oversized shape and cocoon-like volume are playful quirks which underscore creative director Demna Gvasalia’s propensity for enhancing ready-to-wear staples with idiosyncratic twists.
The latest iteration is crafted from a technical ripstop fabric which greatly enhances its weather-resistant properties and, while working in tandem with the ultra-lightweight padding, provides unparalleled insulation. The striking red colour tint is a nice finishing touch that will certainly draw the attention of wayward onlookers. It’s big, it’s bold, it’s Balenciaga.
We’d be inclined to pair ours with some oversized pants and a pair of Balenciaga Triple S trainers to really emulate the nonchalantly ill-fitting aesthetic that Balenciaga is celebrated for, but it works just as well with a more conventional pair of jeans and maybe even a pair of chunky boots. The beauty of the Balenciaga C shape puffer is its ambiguity – it doesn’t presume to be strictly one thing or another, instead allowing you the freedom to experiment and create some truly unique outfit combinations.