An atmosphere of intrigue and anticipation hangs in the air of the fashion community after the unofficial news of Alexander Wang’s appointment as creative director of Balenciaga.
The legendary Paris-based house has been under the creative guise of Nicolas Ghesquière since 1997, who brought the label industry-wide critical acclaim with his unique and iconic approach to fashion design. Ghesquière shocked the fashion world in November this year by announcing his imminent departure from the label he helped make synonymous with ultra-chic luxury.
With Wang set to take the helm of the illustrious house, fans of the label are expecting a shake-up of the established aesthetic of the Ghesquière era. Celebrated for his street inspired, sports luxe creations, industry insiders envisage a move in a more athletic and youthful direction, in keeping with Wang’s sartorial personality.
Of Taiwanese ancestry, Wang was born in the U.S. and spent his formative years in San Francisco, moving to New York aged 18 after gaining a place at the prestigious Parsons The New School for Design. After leaving his formal studies in his second year, Wang established his eponymous label, showing his first women’s ready-to-wear collection in 2008. Today, his fresh and innovative label boasts an international business portfolio that includes RTW menswear, womenswear and accessories.
Balenciaga is expected to make an official statement regarding Wang’s succession as creative director this week, with the world’s fashion highbrows set to wait with baited breath for the designer’s debut collection for the brand.