27 February 2013 by

Who Encouraged Alexander Wang To Take The Balenciaga Job? Anna Wintour (Obvs)

We weren’t expecting any comment from Mr Alexander Wang regarding his first collection at Balenciaga until après le show tomorrow, but trusty Suzy Menkes of the International Herald Tribune managed to wheedle some choice quotes out of the 29 year old designer after he showed his eponymous line in New York two weeks ago. "I'm extremely excited. I am high on life. It's a dream come true…” He told her, “My first reaction was: 'I am so occupied, I give 110 per cent to my brand.' Then I thought of elevating my team and being given a chance to do all those things I had at the back of my mind. I am doing something quite different from what I do here."

According to Menkes, Wang, who first rose to fashion fame for his model-off-duty sportswear style and his since built a seriously big business, was persuaded into the idea (like it’d take MUCH persuasion to go and work for the most incredible, forward-thinking Parisian fashion house?!) by the industry’s chief puppeteer, Anna Wintour. But of course! Editrix Wintour apparently made it very clear that Alexander would regret turning down such an opportunity for ‘eternity’. Yes, eternity. So the raven haired chap put his nerves to one side and picked up the precious baton from Nicholas Ghesquière.

Alexander Wang's Autumn Winter 2013 runway in New York

So what can we perhaps expect of the Paris schedule’s most highly anticipated show? Well, the American boy promises something very different for his inaugural Balenciaga collection. Starting with the location, the salons on Avenue George V, “[And] in Paris it is going to be very different — it is in the storage space,” explained Mr Wang to Menkes. But what of the clothes? Ghesquière’s ground-breaking 15 year tenure at the Parisian fashion house did nod to an urban twang, but could Paris be taken totally Downtown and into a significantly more casual realm? Or does the amount of tailoring in Wang’s latest Autumn Winter 2013 offering signify a smart new shift into grown-up gear? All will be revealed tomorrow, when of course, we’ll share the results with you…


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