How to Join
the Fashion Spot / Front Row / Designers and Collections
FAQ Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Rules Links Mobile How to Join
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
13-12-2012
  361
V.I.P.
 
Littleathquakes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: NJ
Gender: homme
Posts: 4,503
Well to be fair, praise from the likes of DVF (didn't she just oust her own creative director & is trying to restructure her label?) aren't exactly going to convince people. And the puppets from PPR are expected. I do like the the quote about who will Wang copy off of though

  Reply With Quote
 
13-12-2012
  362
Stitch:the Hand
 
Scott's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Among the trees
Gender: homme
Posts: 12,914
somebody had compared him to marc jacobs eariler.....i honestly wouldn't even go that far myself because there was a time when marc(even at LV)was up there with the likes of helmut lang and jil sander. and marc was very popular at that time too. marc simply sold himself out but you can't deny that he once had a lot of talent and depth. neither of which you could say about wang at this juncture.

  Reply With Quote
13-12-2012
  363
fashion icon
 
Mutterlein's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Gender: femme
Posts: 3,384
Quote:
Originally Posted by Caffeine View Post
Basically PPR is trying to change Balenciaga to a commercial house from a CREATIVE house. Sad. I could never link Wang with Balenciaga...when did he ever show originality?
Caffeine! It's been ages! I know you were a true Ghesquiere patron and connoisseur, this must be terrible for you.

Status: Online
 
Reply With Quote
13-12-2012
  364
fashion icon
 
Mutterlein's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Gender: femme
Posts: 3,384
In all fairness to Wang, he did develop his T line at a really amazing time, the line itself is quite remarkable in that it addressed and offered solutions for whole way of knit dressing that I don't believe existed before. He's a bit like a James Perse for the urban East coast. I am genuinely interested to see someone with such casual leanings take on an Haute Couture heritage. His best bet is to play to his strengths rather than force some overwrought, piecemeal, tragically uninspired collection that are his runway presentations.

Status: Online
 
Reply With Quote
13-12-2012
  365
V.I.P.
 
Caffeine's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: North Williamsburg, NY
Gender: femme
Posts: 3,705
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mutterlein View Post
Caffeine! It's been ages! I know you were a true Ghesquiere patron and connoisseur, this must be terrible for you.
Hi Mutterlein! Hugs!
I honestly didn't buy much lately as his recent designs were not particularly wearable to me (the runway styles, not the commercial styles), but I still wear a lot of things from early 2000s to 2007 collections.
It is indeed terrible news for me. I may never go to that store again...

  Reply With Quote
14-02-2013
  366
V.I.P.
 
Psylocke's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Gender: femme
Posts: 10,936
Quote:
Alexander Wang To Hold “Intimate” Balenciaga Show
14 February 2013​ Sarah Karmali​

ALEXANDER WANG's debut show for Balenciaga will be an "intimate" occasion. The designer's first collection for the French fashion house will be shown via a "salon-style format", confirmed a spokesperson for the brand.

The showcase is being described as an "introductory season", and the audience will be smaller than usual. Recent seasons have seen the brand hold full-scale catwalk shows either at the Crillon Hotel or in its Rue Cassette showrooms.

Little more is known about the presentation, with a location yet to be confirmed - but it is set to take place at 9.15am on February 28 during Paris Fashion Week. Wang was confirmed as Balenciaga's new creative director in November last year, succeeding Nicolas Ghesquière - who stepped down after 15 years at the helm.

While any details about the upcoming collection have been kept firmly under wraps, it was previously revealed that Wang has been spending an extensive amount of time visiting the brand's rich archives, with Balenciaga CEO Isabelle Guichot commenting: "He could have slept there almost."
vogue.com


The original article is on WWD but I can't access it because I'm not a subscriber.

  Reply With Quote
14-02-2013
  367
V.I.P.
 
Label Basher's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Gender: femme
Posts: 13,087
^ That sounds like a smart move. Test the waters.

I know it's silly but the closer we get to the show the more sad I get that there is no more Nicolas.

__________________
ROBBER - Get down on the ground. Face down. C'mon. CHER - Oh, no. You don't understand, this is an Alaïa.
ROBBER - An a-what-a?
CHER - It's like a totally important designer.
  Reply With Quote
26-02-2013
  368
V.I.P.
 
Marc10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Brazil
Gender: homme
Posts: 8,460
Quote:
Alexander Wang: Balenciaga's Youthquake
By SUZY MENKES

On Thursday, Alexander Wang will face his baptism by fire. America’s Wonderkind, whose streetwise-meets-couture aesthetic has made him a fashion star in New York at age 29, is bringing his Asian background, his Californian school years and his New York fashion energy to the storied house of Balenciaga.

It is hard to imagine a greater contrast than Mr. Wang in his fluffy sweater and pants and his shoulder-length hair, black and straight, framing his Asian facial features, with Cristóbal Balenciaga, the Spanish designer, whose humble origins grew into a lofty life, dressing the cream of society in architectural haute couture. The unapproachable figure, whom his peers called “the master of us all,” died in 1972, having closed his house in bewilderment at France’s youthquake upheaval.

Mr. Wang is a one-man youthquake, having burst into fashion this new millennium offering inventive but sporty clothes, mostly knitwear, immersed in the spirit of downtown New York. But far more than that, he has built up a powerful business over six years.

“I’m extremely excited. I am high on life. It’s a dream come true,” says Mr. Wang, while admitting to feeling nervous. “My first reaction was: ‘I am so occupied, I give 110 percent to my brand.’ Then I thought of elevating my team and being given a chance to do all those things I had at the back of my mind. I am doing something quite different from what I do here.”

The designer was talking in his downtown studio three days after his New York show, which was perceived as having already included touches of the master’s work in the cut of the clothes and the pared-down pace of the show. He admits that “when the models came in, it was a little bit slower.”

“And in Paris it is going to be very different — it is in the storage space,” Mr. Wang said, referring to the made-over back rooms of the famous salons on Avenue George V, where selected photographers will be given their own presentation, aside from editors and guests.

The “golden triangle” at the fashion heart of Paris is a long way from his teenage San Francisco years, when the novelist Danielle Steel remembers him at 14 as a “lovely, talented kid” who went to high school with three of her children and larked around with the girls doing fashion.

“I have nothing but wonderful things to say about Alex,” Ms. Steel says. “He would get into mischief cutting up clothes and jeans to change the look, while I had a fit over what they were doing. He even made some clothes for them. His talent was evident at an early age.”

What really seems precocious about Mr. Wang is the fact that he has built a serious business while most young designers still have start-ups. Last year he opened a flagship store in Beijing to complement the Grand Street shop he opened in 2011 in the SoHo section of New York. His plan is to open 15 stores in 2013, primarily in Asia.

Although he is helped on the business side by his brother and sister-in-law, Mr. Wang dismisses the legends that his parents are Chinese garment makers and that he is a fluent Mandarin speaker, cracking into laughter at the idea that he can say much more in that language than “a bowl of rice, please!”

“It’s a false background. My family had no experience in garment production and there was no master plan to quit school in my second year,” says the designer, referring to his brief fashion college period at Parsons in New York.

“It’s always been very organic growth for my company; it’s my safety net and what grounds me,” the designer says.

It might turn the wisest head to be approached by François Henri Pinault, chief executive of the PPR luxury group, and be offered, relatively speedily, to take over from the designer Nicolas Ghesquière, who had made Balenciaga a hip and haute brand.

“We had a lot of discussion within the house — and we quite quickly came to the decision that we wanted Balenciaga to be approachable, with a certain youthful sportiness,” says Mr. Pinault, speaking in French and referring to discussions with Balenciaga’s chief executive, Isabelle Guichot.

Anna Wintour, editor in chief of American Vogue, has championed Mr. Wang from the get-go.

“He has so much charm and enthusiasm. He’s not moody and broody and his company is very successful. He is a good guy and fashion is lucky to have him,” says Ms. Wintour, who saw Mr. Wang win the CFDA/Vogue fashion fund award in 2008 and remembers John Galliano at the house of Dior mentoring him. Although Mr. Wang had expressed nervousness at accepting the Balenciaga offer, Ms. Wintour told him that he would never forgive himself if he turned down the opportunity.

Ms. Steel is confident that he can cope. “He started his business very intelligently, and very carefully at first he carved out a niche for himself at a very intelligent price point, but bringing more style to that range of clothes — and he guessed his market well,” she says, referring to Mr. Wang’s marketing to the likes of her 25-year-old daughter.

“Designing for Balenciaga will open him up to new and much broader, loftier horizons and I think he will do it well,” the best-selling author says. “And it will call on his innate sophistication. He adores fashion like my girls do. He is also a diligent, hard worker, young enough to learn and grow and willing to tackle hard tasks.”

But what does Mr. Wang himself think, now that he has faced up to the enormity of the role he has taken on? After all, there is a huge leap from making fluffy sweaters and fur gloves, as if for a boxing ring, to absorbing the heritage of a designer who is, even today, considered the essence of high fashion.

Mr. Wang describes the moment he started looking at the Balenciaga archives: “It was a surreal experience to look at the whole archive that they had just redone,” he says. “It was such an incredible tradition. I was taking things out of the box and there were a lot of personal collectibles from Cristóbal, personal gifts from Vionnet. I didn’t have time to go through everything.”

“There is such austerity to it that is so integral to the house and part of its DNA,” he continues. “I was watching all the videos. Those shows would go on all day! It was such a different world, how they are all dressed and the gowns they would wear on daily basis just to go to dinner.”

But Mr. Wang believes there is one element that he has in common with the silent and unapproachable master of technique and haute elegance, who never gave a press interview or talked about his work.

“He was always such a mystery. He managed to give the perception that he might be very private,” says the engaging Mr. Wang. “The great thing about that is that there is a whole, unknown side of yourself. I know about me — but I save myself for my friends.”
nytimes

__________________
i don't know her. claudia schiffer doesn't know her. she was never in paris, we don't know her.
  Reply With Quote
27-02-2013
  369
Some Like It Hot
 
Chanelcouture09's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: England
Gender: homme
Posts: 9,745
Seems there have been adjustments to the Balenciaga logo, too...


*Balenciaga.com

__________________
A few times in my life I've had moments of clarity where the silence drowns out the noise and I can feel rather than think. - Tom Ford
  Reply With Quote
27-02-2013
  370
fashion insider
 
GERGIN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Gender: homme
Posts: 2,219
lol the change is so slight but so different at the same time, don't mind it though, no one's pulling a SLP here whatsoever.

__________________
[You Can't Fake It]
  Reply With Quote
27-02-2013
  371
Geometric Discharge
 
Crying Diamonds's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: London
Gender: homme
Posts: 7,197
"It is hard to imagine a greater contrast than Mr. Wang in his fluffy sweater and pants and his shoulder-length hair, black and straight, framing his Asian facial features, with Cristóbal Balenciaga, the Spanish designer, whose humble origins grew into a lofty life, dressing the cream of society in architectural haute couture. The unapproachable figure, whom his peers called “the master of us all,” died in 1972, having closed his house in bewilderment at France’s youthquake upheaval."

I hate the fact that the whole idea is essentially to dissect the bits they like about the House of Balenciaga and change everything else. I think the whole idea of Balenciaga and his house being unapproachable is part of it's beauty, everyone is not supposed to be able to see it or know it inside out.
Sort of private presentations of the collection don't evoke Balenciaga and don't evoke exclusivity anymore, they're just another way to add hype.
I don't see how making Balenciaga a sporty and approachable brand is retaining why the House is unique - surely the whole idea of keeping these legendary names alive is to continue to be inspired by their vision and to be able to wear and relate to how another great designer is inspired by their vision?
I'm going to try and reserve judgement, and I really hope I'm impressed.
Sporty and Balenciaga say 'alligator' to me. I might be wrong..

  Reply With Quote
27-02-2013
  372
Geometric Discharge
 
Crying Diamonds's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: London
Gender: homme
Posts: 7,197
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chanelcouture09 View Post
Seems there have been adjustments to the Balenciaga logo, too...


*Balenciaga.com
I like it a lot actually, it's less super sharp ultra modern and more impact - this is the name.
Perhaps inspired by how the logo used to look? .. seems to be a trend.. like swapping designers.

  Reply With Quote
27-02-2013
  373
fashion icon
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Gender: femme
Posts: 3,148
The private showing is very smart. It will delay and somewhat mute the likely (over)reaction from the fashion peanut gallery.

  Reply With Quote
27-02-2013
  374
backstage pass
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Sunnydale, CA
Gender: homme
Posts: 605
New logo? First reaction - NO! Then I took time to evaluate it and dwell on the changes, of course, and I still prefer the old one. This new one is like a cold, lifeless something any nobody could make in MS Paint. Never got that impression with any other fashion related logo, not even with the Helvetica stuff Mr Slimane uses. Just saying.

  Reply With Quote
27-02-2013
  375
V.I.P.
 
Label Basher's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Gender: femme
Posts: 13,087
It looks like it's spelt wrong.

__________________
ROBBER - Get down on the ground. Face down. C'mon. CHER - Oh, no. You don't understand, this is an Alaïa.
ROBBER - An a-what-a?
CHER - It's like a totally important designer.
  Reply With Quote
Reply
Previous Thread | Next Thread »

Tags
alexander, balenciaga, ghesquière, replaced, update, wang, ways
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

monitoring_string = "058526dd2635cb6818386bfd373b82a4"


 
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:49 PM.
Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
TheFashionSpot.com is a property of TotallyHer Media, LLC, an Evolve Media LLC company. ©2014 All rights reserved.