After a few days of swarming rumors about who Nicolas Ghesquiere’s successor would be as the new creative director of Balenciaga (Ghesquiere quit after 15 years but on mutual terms), Balenciaga confirmed that the new creative director is Alexander Wang.
“The Balenciaga fashion house… 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,” said Balenciaga President and CEO Isabelle Guichot.
While Balenciaga is known for its innovative sculptural shapes and vivid colors, Wang is known for his street sensibility. And many agree that this collaboration is a powerful one. Francois-Hermes, PPR ( Pinault-Printemps-Redoute) Chairman and CEO says, “Wang will use his creativity and his own research to reinterpret and immortalize the distinctive, modern and extremely innovative style imposed by Cristobal Balenciaga.”
"I am deeply honored to embark on this new role for a brand and a house that I have such a great admiration and respect for,” Wang stated in a press release by Balenciaga.
Guichot also said that she did not want to put Wang under unnecessary pressure and that the two will figure out the pace of next year together, for it is an important transition for the brand. Wang will be responsible for designing the women’s and men’s ready to wear and accessories collections which will debut in 2013.
We definitely know that the new direction of Balenciaga will be a good look but for all of you Wang fans, do not fear because he is still keeping his independently run label.