CIAO, BALENCIAGA! NEW EPISODE FOR ALEXANDER WANG
July's announcement of Alexander Wang parting his ways with Balenciaga, established French fashion house, turned into reality on October 1st when the designer presented his last collection. Three years of success as their creative director wrapped-up when Balenciaga's directory and the fashion group, Kering decided not to renew his contract.
Throughout his career at Balenciaga, he catered ''bad girls'' mixing Goth pieces and in his last collection he did something that people would expect least. "Balenciaga is a house known for innovation and I wanted to look at simple, humble cloth, and the craft of artisans" - noted Wang backstage. The concept of purity - ivory colors, lace, feathers, ruffles - things, that are not associated with the designer were all present. The interior added flavor to the central idea - two reflecting pools and a cross-shaped catwalk.
Who is his successor? Most likely Kering group will take a similar approach as at Gucci. When Frida Giannini left the brand, unknown at that time insider Alessandro Michele was chosen. Balnciaga needs a fresh start as well as Alexander Wang himself. We will soon see 'who is next' for Balenciaga and 'what is next' for Mr. Wang.