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Friday, August 30, 2013

Balenciaga FW13

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Seeing and touching Alexander Wang's designs for Balenciaga was nothing short of amazing, at the recent FW13 presentation that Club 21 held for the brand. The presentation was held in a ballroom apt for Wang's collection - with its dark colored cracked marble walls and stone marble floors, it complemented perfectly with Wang's latest FW13 marble prints.

When A.Wang was first announced as the designer to takeover Nicholas Ghiesquire's exit from Balenciaga, a lot of people immediately frowned upon it - saying that he was too young and lacked the maturity and technique required to carry the brand forward. After all, A.Wang is famous for making streetwear designer wear. But I must say that he has brought forth a very pragmatic and thoughtful collection for Balenciaga - with cocoon jackets, pencil skirts and carefully tailored white shirts. The sculptural quality of Balenciaga's work was retained with deep tucks placed horizontally across the back of stiffly tailored coats and bolero jackets and the gentle folds maintained by stiff tailoring and construction.

I especially loved the one of the evening gowns which I posed with - with a front panel of beading, draping across that opens up into a cowl back - simple but yet extremely chic - my kind of look for the evening. New fabrics using technology was also used in this collection - a mohair knit sweater was applied with what looks like leather in a craquelure effect to represent cracked marble, was the standout.

The ready to wear (RTW) collection was much more filtered down from the runway - replaced by marble print shirts and narrow straight-leg pants. I would say this is a very quiet but strong debut by A.Wang - would love to see what he does for the house next.

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