What an intense summer I’ve had thus far. This summer has been such an experience both social and professionally. I think my life has been lacking on the social side, I’ve been missing all the summer movies but that’s okay I guess. I’ve been networking and working, met some interesting people and hopefully get this job opportunity at a magazine. Crossing my fingers for that to happen.
No matter how much work has consumed me, I still make time to get my news briefs in, especially when it comes to fashion. So, it was no surprise to hear that Alexander Wang will be leaving lé Maison Balenciaga this September after only three short years at the helm of it. If I can be honest, I never really liked the idea of Wang taking over Balenciaga when Nicolas Ghesquiere abruptly left in 2012. To me, Cristóbal’s legacy was ahead of it’s time. He is after all called, The King of Couture. Under Ghesquiere each collection made you wonder, made you process what you just observed. I have always been a fan of Ghesquire, and just like my love for all other designers there is three things I look for in a designer collection to they have right amount of idea, creativity and accessibility. Although, at times Ghesquire went over those boundaries it was okay because you at least understood his point of view for the collection. And after all runway shows have to have some sort of fantasy, some sort dream and Ghesquiere without a doubt always delivered a capital F fashion show.
Alexander Wang seemed like an odd choice to take the helm of such a Maison. I am not doubting his talent, Wang has done great things with his own label and T brand. I still gave me a chance with each collection the references were obvious. Some new ideas were introduced but nothing that made me jump from joy. And I know it was not made for me but like I said, I am a big Cristóbal Balenciaga fan. Wang’s fall 2015 collection was the most that captured the essence of the brand. The cocoon coats, the ballon skirts, the fancy silhouettes and a very bejeweled collection. I did love the leather belt straps as the accents, the big B pins, very regal. Yet, at the same time the shows seemed to be more New York, more street style than a Parisian elegance.
I think that was Alexander’s fall. Maybe or maybe not. Maybe he wants to concentrate on his brands 10 years anniversary. Or perhaps the travel was too much to handle. It is all speculation from here on since the news broke about both parties broke ties. I can assume that both parties realized that they were not working good together anymore. Coming back and forth from New York to Paris takes a toll on people. Look at Tom Ford when he was designing for Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, Alexander McQueen for his own label and Givenchy, Oscar de la Renta and Balmain, Michael Kors and Céline. If anything, the one who has mastered doing many collections in a season is Karl Lagerfeld. Lagerfeld designed for Chanel, Chloé, Lagerfeld Gallery and Fendi. I alone go crazy by just looking at this months calendar.
Maybe Kering Group saw something that we Balenciaga devotees didn’t. Perhaps Wang was a good fit for the Maison. Perhaps it was just bad timing. And if there’s something I still keep learning, is that “timing means everything.”