In A Celebration Of Dads, Balenciaga Sent Real Families Down The Runway

The show was even set in a park.

Fashion designers and creative directors can draw inspiration for their shows from anywhere — from nature, to political events, to classic paintings. For its recent spring/summer 2018 menswear show, those behind French luxury fashion house Balenciaga drew inspiration from families, and in particular, office worker dads taking their kids to the park. 

The show featured 68 male models wearing some "dadcore" attire, including relaxed jeans, button-down office shirts, sports jackets, and loafers . The show took place in the Bois de Boulogne public park in the outskirts of Paris on June 21.

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Out of the 68 male models in the show, seven appeared hand-in-hand with their kids or siblings.

"I thought it was so beautiful to see a young man with a child. It's so hopeful and so positive," Balenciaga's Creative Director Demna Gvasalia told British Vogue.

Some of the kids in the show exemplified that idea of "hopefulness" by wearing t-shirts emblazoned with slogans like "The Power Of Dream" and "Think Big!"

Scroll down to see more photos from the Balenciaga spring/summer 2018 menswear show:

Other recent runway shows have also carried themes of hopefulness and family. For Dolce & Gabbana's Fall 2017 show, 150 people walked the runway with their families in a celebration of love. The brand previously celebrated moms in its Fall 2015 "Viva La Mamma" show. It featured real moms with their kids wearing clothes decorated with patterns inspired by children's drawings. W Magazine also points out that mothers and daughters walked the runway at the Elie Saab couture show in July 2016.

(H/T: InStyle)

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