Behind the scenes at Offset Paris Fashion Week, from modeling for Balenciaga to shopping with Cardi B
For Demna Gvasalia’s Balenciaga spring 2022 runway show in Paris earlier this week, the designer skipped a traditional runway in favor of a campy red carpet. Models and stars, including Amber Valletta, Dev Hynes, Elliot Page and Isabelle Hupper, have posed with her new designs with daring silhouettes for the staged paparazzi. Rapper Offset modeled Look 60, Balenciaga’s supple leather jacket, a long checked shirt and loose pants. “It was an honor,” said Offset Vogue. “Balenciaga is a great brand and Denma has personally chosen me. The production was at the top level. It felt more like a movie premiere than a fashion show with red carpet vibes, and I know him well.
As a fan of the label, the rapper says he admires Gvasalia’s young and unique vision for such a prestigious brand. “Demna continues to take Balenciaga to the next level,” he says. “His creativity and his vision for the brand are a beautiful thing. It’s a big luxury brand, but it’s still aimed at young people. I love that it continues to push the boundaries of fashion, and I’m excited to be a part of their history now. But walking for one of the season’s busiest catwalks wasn’t all that Offset did during Paris Fashion Week. He also took Vogue inside his hectic and fashion-rich itinerary, where he’s sat front row at shows and even went shopping with his wife Cardi B.
Offset wanted to take advantage of all the luxury collections in town, so he also sat in the front row at Givenchy and Lanvin, an opportunity that is not lost on him. “I remember in 2015 and 2016 I didn’t have a lot of access to shows,” he says. “Now I am personally invited to sit in the front row and experience art and see the next step in fashion. He also liked to see familiar faces during these introductions. “I ran into Edward Enniful, Marni Senafonte, Evan Mock, Kid Kudi and other doping artists,” he says. “It was good to be back.”
Knowing he would be photographed a lot, the rapper made sure he had starbursts to accompany each appearance. “My fashion mood for Paris Fashion Week was timeless, but avant-garde,” says Offset. “I did runway looks every day, but I wasn’t trying too hard. I dressed in clothes that matched my mood for the day. At Lanvin, for example, he wore a leopard-print faux fur coat with the matching gloves. For Givenchy, he designed a shaggy hooded coat with all-cream pieces for a crisp, crisp finish. In the meantime, he also experimented with pieces by Margiela and Rick Owens. No label or look is forbidden. “My style is constantly evolving and I’m not afraid to try new things,” he says.
It wasn’t all of the fashion week’s shows and fittings, however. Not only has he gone shopping with his wife, “shopping in Paris is always exciting; They create trends. – but he also found the time to go viral. “Dancing to a street band while they were playing was fire,” says Offset. “It actually went viral. I was just having a good time catching the mood.
Offset says he will take inspiration from all the fashion he’s seen this week to apply it to new projects. “I want to do a bit of everything: more music, more movies, more fashion,” says Offset. “I really want to showcase my design skills more, so maybe some collaborations will come soon. I took a few meetings in Paris, so I hope I can continue to use my gift of art to change the world. I owe it to my children. If they see me doing it, they’ll know they can do it too. I want them to be inspired to dream out loud.
Below is an overview of Parisian Offset Fashion Week.