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Usually when a brand springs for a major face to front their campaign, you expect to see, well, a face. But not so in the first image that’s been released from Alexander Wang’s debut Balenciaga campaign, which features a legendary model clad in black and facing away from the camera, peeking out a barely-cracked door.
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.
Alexander Wang‘s appointment at Balenciaga has been divisive, and, quite honestly, he was an odd choice for the job. A grungy young New York designer taking over a storied French house seems strange, but while the brand’s CEO, Karl Lagerfeld, Grace Coddington, and more have weighed in on the matter, Wang has remained relatively silent about his new high-profile gig — until now, that is.
While yesterday’s Alexander Wang show was held in a space across from that quintessential icon of New York City, the Wall Street Bull, the chatter inside was, predictably, focused on Paris, where the designer will be showing his first collection as creative director of Balenciaga in a few weeks time. While the collection he showed yesterday evening for his eponymous label didn’t exactly answer any of these questions, that didn’t stop many (ourselves included) from drawing some conclusions from the looks we saw on the runway.
As if Alexander Wang wasn’t busy enough designing collections for Balenciaga or his namesake label, the fashion darling is now working on a limited-edition bag with Samsung and creating hilarious videos with the fake MADtv character of Bon Qui Qui.
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.
Hats off to this year’s honorees on Forbes‘ 30 Under 30 list! Every year, the magazine rounds up the brightest stars in fields like media, technology, and finance, and 2012′s selection boasts some very deserving names.
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.”
Long before he was the toast of the downtown fashion scene (well, ok, not that long before — he is only 28), Alexander Wang was just a lowly intern in the Vogue fashion closet, cutting his teeth hauling garment bags and meticulously noting incoming samples just like the rest of us.
We already know who took home the grand prize at last night’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards (that would be Greg Chait of The Elder Statesman), but there was no shortage of champions on the red carpet, either. Designers, models, editors, and fashion fans alike donned their best all-American duds and stepped out to strike a pose or two.
Liberty Ross made one helluva comeback at Alexander Wang‘s spring 2013 runway show. In a new “Confessional” video for the designer, she opens up about her first modeling experience, her dad’s roller disco in Los Angeles, and kinda sorta addresses Rupert Sanders‘ sordid affair with Kristen Stewart. You know, the one that broke and angered a million Twihards’ hearts.