Balenciaga Fall Winter 2013

There is a very interesting interview with Francois-Henri Pinault, the CEO of PPR, in T magazine. One of the things I found most interesting was when he talked about his firing of Nicholas Ghesquiere, and how, after Tom Ford’s departure from Gucci, PPR’s strategy was never to let the designer get bigger than the brand. I think that Wang could certainly become bigger than Balenciaga, not many people actually know the history of the brand, and Wang, with his massive young following and this successful debut at the French house, could certainly eclipse the brand he works for. But I suppose that is left to be seen, and if it is likely to become the case, he will probably get fired, too.

Anyway, on to the show. Ghesquiere has certainly paved the way for Wang, as this collection was more than a nod to the modern, almost techno feel to the previous Balenciaga collections. And he has also clearly taken inspiration form the archives, as the volume and shapes of the 60’s couture were evident throughout, but of course re-created in a more contemporary, wearable way. From what I see, Wang has certainly risen to the occasion. Are the finishings, fabrics, and construction as beautiful as what Ghesquiere produced? I don’t know, I am only seeing the photos, but what I do see sure look good.

I love…

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a modern version of traditional Balenciaga tailoring.

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great shoulder detailing and a new way to do the peplum.

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a beautiful dress, mixing classic draping with a modern neckpiece.

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a simple, beautiful tailored tee.

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another stunning, dramatic dress.

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amazing texture on fur.

All images from Vogue.com.

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  • Jasper

    *applause* wang, like ghesquiere, is pretty good at making cool shoes. the shoes this collection weren’t that amazing but still pretty nice! regardless, beautiful collection. did you see the detail shots of the dried paint textured?

  • Dimitar

    I love every single piece. I really do. I question Wang’s taste at his own brand but here.. it was just perfect. A very big and very promising start. Go Americans, go! :D

  • http://www.imtheitgirl.com/ anya

    Yay, he did it!

  • Nat

    Honestly I didn’t have high expectations over Wang in Balenciaga. I always thought he was too commercial for it but I have to admit he outdid himself. I loved most of the collection. Love how simple, effortless chic, and still keeping the identity of Balenciaga. I loved his work with leather. Kudos for him. Still we could see his touch that reminds his brand in the shoe department. Almost like the ones of Alexander Wang. I am looking forward for the next collection.

  • ella

    Wow! I was expecting YSL-level bad, but these were all great! I also loved the shoes at the fourth pic.