Naho Kubota courtesy of BALENCIAGA
Dallas, no stranger to singular style, welcomed its first Balenciaga boutique earlier this week with the opening of a store in the high-end Highland Park Village shopping enclave. Reflecting a new design aesthetic by Alexander Wang, Balenciaga’s artistic director, and interior designer Ryan Korban that debuted at the New York flagship last fall, the 1,150-square-foot store—the ninth outpost in North America—currently features the spring/summer 2014 ready-to-wear collection, as well as shoes, handbags, jewelry, fragrance and sunglasses.
The boutique calls to mind the couture tradition founder Cristóbal Balenciaga initiated in 1937. Small salons populate the main space. Sophisticated materials (mirrored chrome, limestone, green suede) set a glossy tone, backed by custom-made chairs and a black-and-white tiled floor reminiscent of the one found in the original Paris salon. Shelves, treated with a cracked-resin substance, have an intriguing textural feel. Everything, unsurprisingly, is in place for a purpose, right down to the dark green marble, which references the marbled patterns Wang used in his debut fall/winter 2013 collection for the label. 11 Highland Park Village, 214-273-7650; hpvillage.com; balenciaga.com.