Alexander Wang has been named as Balenciaga’s new creative director.
After a week of rumours, confirmation that New York designer Alexander Wang will succeed Nicolas Ghesquière and take over the reins of Balenciaga has come from the French fashion house, who announced the appointment with a statement today.
The US-based designer will continue to work for his eponymous label, as well as looking after heritage label's menswear, womenswear and accessories, as well as overall image at Balenciaga.
Balenciaga CEO and president Isabelle Guichot said that they were "proud to welcome Alexander Wang, whose proven talent, modernity and individual and cosmopolitan vision of design will naturally embrace and enrich the unique heritage of this fashion house which will soon be one hundred years old".
ABOVE: Designer Alexander Wang
Wang will replace former Balenciaga creative director Nicolas Ghesquière, who officially ends his 15-year tenure today (30 November).
British designer Christopher Kane was also rumoured to be in the frame for the Balenciaga gig – fuelled by his departure from Versus, Versace’s diffusion line, announced this week. However, Kane's appointment was swiftly denied by his representatives, and earlier this week fashion maven Cathy Horyn wrote on New York Times' fashion blog On The Runway that Alexander Wang was the leading contender for the job.
ABOVE: Outgoing Balenciaga creative director Nicolas Ghesquière with actress Jennifer Connelly
Renowned for his streetwear-luxe aesthetic, in just five short years since launching his ready-to-wear line in 2007, 28-year-old Wang’s label has become one of the most highly-anticipated shows each season. We’ll be waiting with baited breath to see what he comes up with for Balenciaga!
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