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.
All images from Vogue.com.