Balenciaga Confirms Alexander Wang!

It’s official! Last week’s rumors that Alexander Wang will take over for Nicolas Ghesquière at Balenciaga have just been confirmed by the house, reports WWD.

Balenciaga CEO Isabelle Guichot cited Wang’s “proven talent, modernity and individual and cosmopolitan vision of design,” as factors leading to the appointment, while François Henri Pinault, head of parent company PPR, expressed confidence that the designer “will use his creativity and his own research to reinterpret and immortalize the distinctive, modern and extremely innovative style imposed by Cristóbal Balenciaga.” Neither mentioned Wang’s commercial power, but, well, we can read between the lines.

As for the designer himself, he told the paper he is “deeply honored” to be chosen for the prestigious position. His first collection for the brand will debut at the fall/winter 2013 shows in Paris, although with only three months to pull it together and with Wang retaining his role at the helm of his eponymous label, the format of the presentation has yet to be decided.


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