Balenciaga Fall 2013 Ready-to-Wear Collection
by Melissa Tunstall
Since the announcement that Alexander Wang would take over at Balenciaga, the fashion world has been waiting with bated breath. Well, they can breathe again as Wang’s first collection at the helm was unveiled during Paris Fashion Week. The 2013 fall winter ready-to-wear collection melded the downtown style Wang is most commonly described as with the classic shapes of the Balenciaga house.
Using the simplicity of black and white to showcase the designs, Wang made sure to keep it simple while updating the structure for which the line is known. The designs may not have been as out there or attention grabbing as one may have hoped, but, given the fact that Wang had just months to create the collection, a solid basis for upcoming seasons was created.
Mirrors behind the runway expertly showed off the gorgeous cutouts and backs of the garments. Referencing the styles of the 1940s and 50s, the garments again highlighted an updated version. Perhaps it was his use of textures (how does one make knits look so un-knit like?) or his play on volume?
Any doubts should be cleared. Alexander Wang did it—and did it well.