Alexander Wang Named ‘Leading Candidate’ For The Balenciaga Job

With just one more day to go until Nicolas Ghesquière officially vacates his post as creative director at Balenciaga, reports are beginning to pour in that Alexander Wang is poised to fill his shoes.

Taking to the New York TimesOn The Runway blog, Cathy Horyn writes that Wang “appears to be the leading candidate” for the job, and that parent company PPR may make the official announcement as early as next week.

Fashionista backs up the rumor, citing a “reliable source” and suggesting that Anna Wintour may have had a hand in the appointment. The Vogue editor reportedly wants to bolster New York Fashion Week’s reputation by placing American designers at the helm of major Paris fashion houses.

In the past few weeks, Christopher Kane‘s name has been bandied about as a possible frontrunner, though the designer called the allegations “unfounded.” Wang, meanwhile, has yet to comment on the matter.

Needless to say, we’re extremely intrigued to see how this all plays out. Could the designer who has come to epitomize downtown NYC cool revitalize a storied French label? And what will Wang’s eponymous line look like if he makes the move to Paris? Do we have another Marc Jacobs on our hands? By the sounds of it, we won’t have to wait too long to find out.


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