People sure do have a lot to say about Alexander Wang‘s appointment at Balenciaga.
We’ve heard from everyone from PPR chief executive Francois-Henri Pinault, who lauded his “universal culture,” to Balenciaga head honcho Isabelle Guichot, who spoke of his “global vision” and digital savvy. Even Karl Lagerfeld weighed in, called him “the best man for the job.” But there has been one person in particular that we’ve been waiting to hear speak up: Anna Wintour!
In a piece published in yesterday’s New York Times, writer Eric Wilson provided some quotes from the Vogue editrix, who, we learn, “championed Mr. Wang for the job.” She dismissed the idea that the designer might be too young for the job, scoffing “oh, please, come on. How great is it to be young? That is when designers are at their most fearless. That is when you do your most creative work.”
Wintour also spoke of the vision she saw back in 2008, when she selected Wang for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund: “He was so articulate. He said he wants to dress the girls of his age and his generation. That’s what you see in everything he does. He lives and breathes the Alex brand.”
Diane von Furstenberg, meanwhile, allowed that although “it was a coup for Alex, and a coup for American fashion,” the designer is still “going to need some mentoring in Paris.”
Finally, Bergdorf Goodman‘s Linda Fargo praised Wang’s “design chops” and responded to accusations that he copies ideas from other brands, including, notably, Balenciaga: “I hands-down do not agree with that. I think he’s incredibly original.”