Monday, December 3, 2012

It's Official: Alexander Wang is Balenciaga's Newest Creative Directo

I don't even know anymore what to think...
From the New York Times:

PARIS — Alexander Wang on Monday became the first designer of Asian descent to enter the highest ranks of Parisian high fashion when he was named creative director of the storied house of Balenciaga.Mr. Wang, born of Taiwanese-American parents, brought up in California and a successful designer of hip, streetwise sportswear for his own label in New York, will follow in the footsteps of the Spanish haute couture master Cristóbal Balenciaga, who died in 1972.The appointment was announced by PPR, the French luxury conglomerate which bought Balenciaga in 2001. The group includes Gucci, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney.Mr. Wang, 28, who will continue with his own U.S.-based company, said in a statement that he was “deeply honored to embark on this new role for a brand and house that I have such great admiration and respect for.”Isabelle Guichot, president and chief executive of Balenciaga, lauded Mr. Wang’s “modernity and his individual and cosmopolitan vision of design.”Mr. Wang will succeed Nicolas Ghesquière, who was at the helm for 15 years and created a futuristic high-fashion elegance. He left last month with a plan to open his own fashion house.
It's evident the house is going for a more commercial route and trying to appeal to the masses than what it what it stood for. For me, Balenciaga was a fashion house I looked forward to every season because not only did Ghesquiere produce unexpected collections, but he was a true visionary and each collection embodied a futuristic, youthful, opulent, and out of this world vision. Ghesquiere always pushed the boundaries and worked with different elements to create some of the most complex, but beautiful pieces I've ever seen. Sigh, I mean, you just know Balenciaga won't be the same in producing beautiful pieces like these below:
 (From top to bottom: Balenciaga Fall/Winter 2006, Balenciaga Fall/Winter 2012, and Balenciaga Spring/Summer 2002)
Sigh, Nicolas will surely be missed. All I can hope is that he starts his own label immediately because fashion week will be more lonelier with another star gone. I'm a huge fan of Wang, and I do own a couple of his pieces, but I just don't think he's right for the label. Imo, I thought Christopher Kane was the ideal candidate. He has the creativity and the skill to work at prestigious house. I hope Alexander Wang doesn't disappoint for the F/W 2013 season. I'll just be optimistic from here on out.

p.s. Hey, with Wang at Balenciaga, we can maybe expect a Lil Kim soundtrack in Paris, no? LOL. No, but seriously that would be pretty badass. Plus, Wang always has a good model lineup for his shows and is very loyal to his models. Maybe Snejana there? Who knows. A girl can dream, no? ;)

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