Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Well slap me and call me psychic!

Mr Wang
It has now been confirmed and it is all clear. As predicted in my post "Balenciaga Saga', the successor of Nicholas Ghesquière is Alexander Wang. 

I told ya! And whoop whoop for Wang! More frequently it gets harder to find quality clothing that is not covered in branding or liable-to-snagging embellishment. The Alexander Wang Ready-To-Wear lines and diffusion line T by Alexander Wang act as simple saviours. Have a look at the current collections at www.alexanderwang.com and see what you think. 

At 28, Wang's youth is set to bring a vibrancy to Balenciaga that I am excited to see. Some have flagged up the criticism of whether Wang will be able to handle his duties at Balenciaga and at his eponymous lines. My rebuttal to these critics is quite simply that Marc Jacobs seems to be doing just fine with his line whilst simultaneously heading up creative at Louis Vuitton. Yes it is undoubtedly a huge responsibility but, cynics must be reminded that hundreds of employees work goes into creating the clothing produced by "super-brands" such as Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton. Creative directors are required to dedicate a large proportion of their time as faces of the brand. All of this work is incredibly necessary. We live in a world where people enjoy having a quasi-celebrity to focus on. Fashion most certainly encompasses this, where creative directors, the Karl Lagerfeld's and the Donatella Versace's of this world attend the shows, meet the press and create the show and spectacle that us as "the masses" love to follow and idolise. The only way to survive is by having a strong design team behind you. It is a simple fact that the majority of people who's name is on the label don't actual make the clothes. In fact it is childish to think that they do. 

So come on Alexander Wang. Take the Balenciaga reins, manage it well, stamp your mark onto the brand and show us what you can do! Do it with confidence and I am positive the reaction will be favourable.  

This is a very short post as I have been very busy with the launch of Cristo Johns but I promise I have a  lot planned for December. There will be treats for you I promise! 


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