Alexander Wang RTW Spring/Summer 2013
Wang—the name alone is enough to send itty-bitty shivers throughout my entire body (in a good way of course). His creations are always bold and interesting, and never boring. Just one look at his designs can leave the leading fashion devotee completely out of breath. Type in his name into Google and within seconds your laptop screen is suddenly flooded with images of intricate articles of clothing fit for a contemporary goddess. Although to be completely honest, images on a computer screen simply don’t do it for me. Perhaps one day I’ll get to meet this mastermind and see his works of art in person.
It strikes me as no surprise that Mr. Wang has been chosen to take over one of the most famous and intelligent brands in the industry, Balenciaga. Wang will be taking over for Nicolas Ghesquière who was Creative Director at Balenciaga for fifteen years. I like to think of the whole ordeal as a passing of the torch between two great minds in the fashion industry. While Nicolas will be utterly missed, that’s not to say that Wang won’t be accepted with open arms at Balenciaga.
François-Henri Pinault of PPR gave a lengthy interview regarding the hiring of Wang to CBS’s Rebecca Jarvis which is up on WWD (Woman’s Wear Daily) as of now. In the interview Pinault was quoted saying that “Wang is young and he has a very universal culture” which I’m sure played a huge factor in the hiring process. This rings true simply glancing at Wang’s designs. One look and it’s very clear that Chinese culture is evident in all of Wang’s collections.
With the job tightly secured in his hands, I guess all that’s left for Wang to do is what he does best—design. Congrats, Mr. Wang.