When at the end of last year, the unexpected news hit the fashion world like a bomb – Nicolas Ghesquière had just left the creative reins of Balenciaga, to be followed by Alexander Wang – I swapped my sadness over the fact that one of my favourite designers was leaving his job as artistic director for one of the most appreciated fashion houses in the world, for joy and excitement to see the direction that Wang, the hottest young designer of the moment, was going to project over the brand’s core aesthetic.
For almost three months, my curiosity and enthusiasm slowly boiled, eventually making me feel like a kid on Christmas morning, the day when Wang finally presented his debut runway collection for Balenciaga at Fashion Week – a collection in which the house’s signature silhouettes were reiterated in fresh and modern versions.
If Alexander Wang’s collection for Balenciaga made me wish I had all the money in thew world, so as to be able to but each and every piece that had hit the runway, it’s time to confess – I’ve fallen in love again – this time, with the stunning bag collection created under Wang’s genius supervision.
Honouring the iconic address of the first Balenciaga boutique in Paris – situated on the elegant Avenue George V, at number 10, Wang entitled his debut bag collection for the French label, Le Dix. Just as in the case of the clothes collection, the signature aesthetic of the brand came together beautifully with the young designer’s minimalist chic approach to fashion. The structured models with simple and elegant lines, in sophisticated monochrome versions, are pieces that will remain just as stylish in a couple of dozens or even hundreds of years – true investment pieces in the wardrobe of any fashionista.
I guess it’s settled then – I need to learn how to rob a bank, because I HAVE to have all of them.
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