So his name has been in the running for the Balenciaga house since Nicholas Ghesquire threw in the towel last month, and now it seems that Alexander Wang will in fact be going to Balenciaga. According to Cathy Horyn’s blog on New Times’ website, Wang’s appointment could be announced as early as next week. Out of the original list of contenders (Alturzarra, Proenza Schouler, Christopher Kane and Alexander Wang), Mr. Wang makes the most sense to me based on the fact that PPR has sited wanting a more commercial designer. Alexander Wang’s business is far more lucrative than any of the other designers who were in the running, and he has captured a young, cool audience for his collections. My main concern? Wang is accustomed to selling at contemporary price points and his clothes are manufactured in China. He also has made his name with new takes on simple sporty clothes such as hoodies and tee shirts. How will his expertise and design sense transfer to a one-time couture house such as Balenciaga? I am a fan of Mr. Wang and but loads of his clothing, so naturally I would be stoked to see what he creates for this legendary paris design house. TEAM ALEX!
UPDATE: He got the job! Wahoo! Looking forward to seeing what he does for this house of awesomeness.
Here’s his last runway show video to give you a taste of Alex’s flair for showmanship: