Alexander Wang for Balenciaga SS ’14
When I wrote some of the other reviews from Paris Fashion Week I had no idea that I would, at one point, have to compare them to the insurmountably awesome Balenciaga Spring 2014 show. It was a beacon of what a show from one of Fashion’s most coveted house’s since the 20th century should be like… at least in the market today that is. There were perfect evening pieces that ranged from elegant jackets in soft silks (that acted like dresses) to structured party dresses that acted like the party. There were loose flowing tops (that included a tank) to silk blouse’s which were more Wang than Balencaga but the fact that he injected his personality into the line this season was a sign of things to come. Profit. That’s what’s to come. Huge Profit!
Last season was Wang’s first collection under the Balenciaga name and it was all Balenciaga. Industry insiders keep giving him props due to his respect for the house and Cristóbal Balenciaga himself. I bet all this comes from the uproar and shock at Hedi Slimane’s many disrespectful actions toward YSL including but not limited to taking the French fashion house to L.A. and renaming the brand to Saint Laurent Paris cutting out Yves altogether. But that’s just my opinion.
So now that Wang has paid his respects to Cristobal Balenciaga… now he has almost free reign to do whatever he wants… well… almost whatever he wants. The high-waisted woven gym shorts were possibly a stretch… but as Rick Owens said in an interview “it’s the duty of the young people to provoke the old people and it’s the duty of the young people to question conformity” which I think encapsulates the new Balenciaga.
It was youthful while being elegant and wearable for so many clients. I bet the staff at Balenciaga are thrilled with the line because they know it will literally fly off the shelves. Now all he has to do is come out with a stellar “it bag” and it’s over!
Photos via: style.com and Monica Feudi / Feudiguaineri.Com