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Alexander Wang Confirmed As Balenciaga Designer

30 November 2012, 14.33 | Posted in Designer news | 2 comments »

AlexanderWang Alexander Wang Confirmed As Balenciaga Designer
After Cathy Horyn’s story yesterday tagging Alexander Wang as the lead candidate to take the helm at Balenciaga, we now have confirmaton via WWD that the 28-year-old Wang has been tapped as the creative director for Balenciaga. He succeeds Nicolas Ghesquière, who is to officially exit the French label today. On the choice, WWD comments:

“The choice of Wang suggests Balenciaga might wish to dial down the elitist, couture-like approach of Ghesquière, and open up to a broader audience with a designer prized for his sportswear approach and youthful energy.”

Wang’s Chinese lineage is significant as well (would he be the first to head a major European label?), and in an interivew with WWD earier in the year he spoke  on the impact of his background:

“In a way, I know there’s an audience that connects with me. How I identify that or what I pinpoint that to, whether it’s because of my background or because I connect with people of my generation in New York or London — that, I don’t know how to explain or quantify.”

Given Ghesquière’s success at reviving Balenciaga and his popularity purely as a designer, Wang as a choice will be questioned and criticized, but having covered him closely over the years he strikes us as the perfect fit–a bright student of fashion, who will understand the importance of paying tribute to Balenciaga’s history with enough creative flair and daring to make it his own. And then, too, the press adore him, and with industry capas Anna Wintour and Diane Von Furstenberg as his fairy godmothers, he is pretty much guaranteed acceptance from the get go.

Alexander Wang Lead Candidate To Succeed Nicolas Ghesquiere At Balenciaga

29 November 2012, 11.14 | Posted in Designer news, News | 2 comments »

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The New York Times No.1 scoopmaster Cathy Horn reported in her column, ”On the Runway“ today that American designer Alexander Wang is the leading canditate to succeed Nicolas Ghesquiere at the Parisian fashion house Balenciaga. In contrast to Ghesquiere, Wang is viewed as slicker and more contemporary than Ghesquiere, whose designs while modern are beholden to the house’s history, an adjustment Wang would no doubt need to make should he win the position.

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News: Nicolas Ghesquière Leaves Balenciaga

05 November 2012, 17.49 | Posted in News | 1 comment »

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Nicolas Ghesquière, whose creative   direction for Balenciaga  has  consistently kept the iconic fashion house in its rightful place as one  of the  most noteworthy  couture and pret-a-porter collections , is said to be  leaving his role with the brand .According to WWD, the designer and the fashion house are citing a “joint decision to end their working relationship” effective November 30.  Under Ghesquière, the house has expanded into menswear and with accessories, had an enormous success with handbags and shoes. In 2001, he was honored with the CFDA’s International Award an in January 2008, he was made a Chevalier of Arts and Letters, the highest arts accolade one can receive from the French government.

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