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The moment of truth finally came this morning in Paris: how would Alexander Wang fare with his debut collection for Balenciaga? Quite well, as it turns out.
Vogue Paris’ February 2013 cover is a thing of beauty, with Milla Jovovich shot by Inez and Vinoodh on a New York rooftop clad in head-toe-toe Saint Laurent, with the hazy skyline lit up behind her. But….wait! What’s that coverline we see? “Alexander Wang: le joker de Balenciaga”?! Could it be that Balenciaga is finally putting an end to their ban on working with the French title?
To say that 2012 has treated Alexander Wang well would be an understatement. Sure, it got off to a rocky start with those sweatshop allegations, but with those dismissed and plenty else on his plate these days, we’re sure the only things the designer has on the brain now are Balenciaga and birthday cake, since today marks his big 2-9.
Grace Coddington‘s publicity blitz for her recently-released memoir Grace means we’ve had the chance to hear from Vogue‘s Titian-haired creative director on everything from taking the subway to Anna Wintour‘s powers as both psychic and seductress. Today, in an interview with the Huffington Post, Coddington weighs in on the recent shakeup at Balenciaga and where she expects fashion’s now-unemployed stars to wind up next.
People sure do have a lot to say about Alexander Wang‘s appointment at Balenciaga, and in a New York Times piece from this weekend, a whole host of fashion bigwigs have spoken up.
Alexander Wang‘s appointment at Balenciaga is quite a coup for the downtown designer, but also confusing. A young, contemporary designer at the helm of a 98-year-old French fashion house? Indeed, it sounds slightly off, but Balenciaga CEO Isabelle Guichot, Karl Lagerfeld, and more have all weighed in on why Wang was chosen to head the company. Today, it’s parent company PPR‘s turn.
If anyone knows the demands of juggling multiple fashion lines, it’s Karl Lagerfeld (what is he at now — 10? 15?) And so, amidst concern that Alexander Wang might be spreading himself too thin with his newly-announced position as creative director of Balenciaga, it must be nice to know he has the master multitasker in his corner.
We’d venture to say that the news of Alexander Wang‘s appointment at Balenciaga has been more divisive than that of either Raf Simons at Dior or Hedi Slimane at Yves Saint Laurent. But one person seems 100 percent certain that the choice will serve the house well: Balenciaga CEO Isabelle Guichot.
Although Cathy Horyn may have beaten them to the punch, today WWD reports that Alexander Wang will be officially named as Nicolas Ghesquière‘s successor at Balenciaga by next week, citing “market sources.”