The New Balenciaga
Posted on 21 January 2016
In 2012, Balenciaga announced that it was parting ways with creative director Nicolas Ghesquière, ending his 15 year tenure. The brand announced Alexander Wang its new creative director. Wang presented his first collection for the label at Paris Fashion Week in February 2013.
However the task of creating something new whilst remaining true to the brand Cristóbal Balenciaga created is forever on Wang’s shoulders. Wang originally moved cautiously, using neutral pallets and showcasing sleek suits.
For his spring 2015 collection, shown as 2014 was coming to a close, Wang sent styles down the, state of the art glass, runway heavily reminiscent of his first collections as a new designer in New York, a blend of street influences and sporty finishes. The silhouettes were lean and athletic and the pieces fit like a second skin. Wang took Balenciaga’s history of decorative embellishments and modernised it with a new tonal approach incorporating geometric lines comparable with his own label.
In his pre-fall 2015 collection Wang expertly reimagined brand founder Cristóbal’s masterful couture designs for the fashion reality of today. With Balenciaga set to celebrate it centenary in 2017 we predict great things for the future.