After shocking reports about Nicolas Ghesquière leaving the brand, Balenciaga finally named the successor for position of a creative director: Alexander Wang. The New York based fashion designer who owns an eponymous fashion label will take on the position, after 15 years of Ghesquière’s helm.
After long weeks of speculation and rumor Balenciaga reported:
“The Balenciaga fashion house and its staff are proud to welcome Alexander Wang, whose proven talent, modernity and individual and cosmopolitan vision of design will naturally embrace and enrich the unique heritage of this fashion house which will soon be one hundred years old.”
Alexander Wang will run both Balenciaga and his own label.
“I am deeply honored to embark on this new role for a brand and house that I have such great admiration and respect for”.
Wang will be responsible for the brand’s men’s, women’s ready-to-wear and accessories lines.
Also, if you’d been waiting to hear what Karl Lagerfeld thinks about Alexander Wang taking over Balenciaga, you may now exhale.
“Considering how hard it is to replace a man such as Nicolas Ghesquière, the best solution is to choose someone completely different,” the Chanel designer wrote in an email to Modmods, the fashion arm of the daily newspaper Metro.
“As the impression we have had so far is that Mr. Pinault very much wants to ‘expand’ this area of the business, I believe that Alexander Wang is the best man for the job. His fashion is easier, his personality is more open to the world and he has very good contacts. People ‘adore’ Alexander, I too like him very much and I think he is a good choice in light of the fashion house’s future projects. Furthermore, his origins will prove to be very helpful in parts of the world where fashion is most important as well as the luxury industry.”
Alexander Wang graduated from New York’s Parsons School of Design in 2005 and, following an internship at Teen Vogue, began designing for his label.
The designer’s first full ready-to-wear collection launched in 2007, shortly followed by diffusion line, T by Alexander Wang, in 2009, the same year of the theVogue/CFDA Fashion Fund Award. The 28-year-old opened his debut flagship store in Manhattan in 2011 and is today renowned for his edgy androgynous design aesthetic.