Nicolas Ghesquiere based some of Balenciaga's Resort 2010 collection on the brand's archives - Cristobal Balenciaga designs from the '50s and '60s - but as for the bulk of his imagination, we got refreshing and new. Screw the economy; Ghesquiere was out to prove his creative prowess.
All we can say is that with skirts as short as he took them, we're glad we write about and dress models rather than walk the runway.
Even neutrals in the Balenciaga collection were far from bland. With Margiela blocks of black or woven-leather sandal boots, the designer added inventive twists to make each look more eccentric.
He also played with pattern, tapping into the recent plaid trend and mixing bold patterns, a la Marc Jacobs. At first glance, the colour combinations seemed a bit off (dusky orange? blue and play-with-your-eyes red?) but actually blended to perfect effect.
Pantsuits were neatly tailored and slim-fitting, which contrasted nicely with extra bulk in ruffs and bows. And thanks, Ghesquiere, for showing us that showing our ankles is still in.
But perhaps our favourite part of the resort collection came during dress time. Sweet and scallop-edged? We like. Ruffle-tiered and ready for the bad-girl prom? That's what we love.