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For months we waited with bated breath for Nicolas Ghesquière to speak out about his decision to leave Balenciaga, and thanks to his much anticipated interview with System back in April, we no longer had to read between the lines. However, it seems Kering (formerly PPR), who owns Balenciaga, is not happy about the designer’s choice words for his former employer and is planning to sue him for “breach of duty of confidentiality.”
If the first looks to come out of the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival are any indication, we’re in for a real treat from the French Riviera — albeit a rather monochromatic one.
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.
Fragrance reviews are silly, but sometimes, fragrance marketing is even sillier. What do “playful pastimes” and “nostalgia” really smell like? So from now on, we’ll be crowdsourcing our own fragrance reviews. Read on to find out what our office thought about the latest sample to land on our desk. This week, we’re testing out Balenciaga L’Eau Rose.
Today marks the 40th anniversary of the first-ever mobile phone conversation, and boy, have we come a looong way since 1973. To celebrate, we’re taking a look back at major fashion moments that would have gone unnoticed were it not for the invention of the cellphone.
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.
On the eve of Alexander Wang‘s first show as creative director of Balenciaga (eeeek!), we want to take you back to October 1997, when a sprightly young up-and-comer named Nicolas Ghesquière showed his first-ever collection for that very same house.
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.
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.
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.
Asking us to choose between Balenciaga and Givenchy is usually like asking us to pick a favorite child…you know, if we had children. But at tonight’s world premiere of Les Misérables in London, Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried stepped out dressed to the nines in creations by Riccardo Tisci and Nicolas Ghesquiére, and, in a strange turn of events, we weren’t particularly blown away by either look.
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.”
Never a dull day in luxury land!