FASHION NEWS / WANG FOR BALENCIAGA

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EVERYONE HEARD, EVERYONE KNOWS AND EVERYONE WHO CARES HAS AN OPINION. IF I THINK ABOUT IT, I FIND MYSELF WONDERING WHAT NICOLAS GHESQUIÉRE IS UP TO, RATHER THAN WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO BALENCIAGA, AS I LOVED BALENCIAGA FOR “BEING A PART OF NICOLAS” RATHER THAN FOR ITSELF. I FOUND AN AMAZING ARTICLE ON NICOLAS’ BRILLIANT WORKS AND HIS INCREDIBLE TALENT, DO CHECK IT OUT IT SHOWS EXACTLY WHAT NEEDS TO BE SHOWN, HOW SO MANY DESIGNERS INSPIRED FROM HIS WORKS  INCLUDING GIVENCHY AND OTHER MAJOR BRANDS. (CLICK ON THE LITTLE VIDEOS TO COMPARE HIS OLDER WORKS).

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SO GOING BACK  TO THE MAIN TOPIC, ALEXANDER WANG WAS CHOSEN THE CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF BALENCIAGA AND LEFT  SOME VERY UPSET. WANG IS A GOOD CONTEMPORARY-MARKET DESIGNER, WHO IS BASICALLY STUCK WITH THE TRADITIONAL AMERICAN SPORTSWEAR AND FORMS, SO WHAT HAPPENS WHEN ONE TAKES OVER A BRAND IN NEED OF A HIGH-FASHION DESIGNER? THE BEST EXPLANATION WOULD BE TO EXPECT BALENCIAGA TO TAKE A DIFFERENT APPROACH AND DO SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT, PERHAPS A MORE COMMERCIAL ONE. (OH NO!) WHAT I AM AFRAID OF IS THE FACT THAT LESS AND LESS DESIGNERS WITH REAL BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE OF DESIGN LEAD BIG BRAND NAMES, AND WE ALL KNOW THAT THERE IS A MAJOR DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REAL DESIGNERS AND WELL STYLISTS I CALL THEM. WANG NEVER BOTHERED TO FINISH PARSONS AND NEVER REALLY WORKED FOR ANY BRANDS PRIOR TO ESTABLISHING AW, WHILE GHESQUIÉRE HAS WORKED AT AGNÉS B FROM THE AGE OF 14 AND JP GAUTIER AFTER GRADUATING.

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SOME OF WANG’S WORKS AFTER THE JUMP:

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