May 24, 2015

Structure & Stripes: gr.dano Fall 2011

The Fall/Winter 2011 collection from San Francisco-based gr.dano continues the design duo’s emphasis on architectural silhouettes and neutral hues with two-toned tops, cropped jackets and lots of structural details, folds and stripes. While the results are nothing if not modern, designers Jill Giordano and Brian Scheyer looked to the past for inspiration, which came courtesy of this year’s much-lauded Balenciaga & Spain exhibit at the de Young Museum.

“Both Balenciaga and Spain have always had one foot in the ultra-modern and the other in a space dedicated to reverence to the past. This season gr.dano strived for the same result,” the gr.dano team says of their latest work.

The feminine, yet groundbreaking shapes of Balenciaga and elements of Spanish culture ranging from midday siestas to the masculinity of the matador and the sensuality of the Flamenco were just some of the ideas the designers kept in mind as they produced their latest pieces. – additional reporting by Lindsay Harte

The collection will be available later this year at 440 Brannan Studio. In the meantime, here are some highlights:

Photography courtesy of gr.dano

See: Complete Balenciaga & Spain Symposium Online

If you weren’t one of the lucky few to see Saturday’s sold-out Balenciaga and Spain Symposium featuring Vogue’s Hamish Bowles at the de Young Museum, console yourself with the knowledge that you can watch the entire three-plus hour event online via

Once you pay to view, you’ll have until the exhibition closes in July to view the three-hour presentation. That means you don’t have to carve out the hours all at once to watch presenters Hamish Bowles (pictured above), Miren Arzalluz, Pamela Golbin and Lourdes Font share their findings on Cristóbal Balenciaga and his lasting impact on the culture, style and art of Spain.

And thanks to the San Francisco Fashion and Merchants Alliance, you can save 20 percent on the $9.95 viewing fee. Just enter code SFFAMA20.