Alexander Wang still has big shoes left to fill at Balenciaga, but he started to leave his own indelible mark on the French fashion house with his latest collection for the brand. Ghesquiére did it so well for so long that it’s hard to forget his heyday, but it’s safe to say that the new man at the design helm is settling into his own. For Spring, he still paid homage to the brand’s archival pieces, yet loosened and lightened them up a bit with an added dose of ease.
Wang stuck to a predominantly neutral color palette with splashes of pastels: contributing to the more relaxed vibe he wished to convey this time around. The beauty look was aligned with sleek locks and minimal makeup.
The fashion house’s quintessential structure came in the form of rounded shoulders, A-line mini skirts that seemed almost starched in their precision, and razor-sharp peplum.
A. Wang’s own athletic-inspired predilections had a moment with crop tops and luxurious takes on running shorts. A more feminine and artsy spin was given to the sporty chic pieces with one of the brand’s archival ivy prints, splayed across sleeves and the rears of the aforementioned leg-baring attire.
The aforestated ivy print then went full-scale on high-waist peplum trousers, shorts with the same girlish detailing, and cropped jackets. Florals were also introduced, as is pretty much requisite for Spring.
From Miranda Kerr to Cassie, the number of stylish starlets who have opted for Balenciaga this year are countless. I expect a hefty amount of celebs to wear the collection’s frilly numbers including ruffle hem dresses. tuxedo-inspired numbers with sheer skirts, and embroidered off-the-shoulder tops and frocks: all fit for the red carpet or perhaps just a fashionable Instagram photo or two.
Thoughts on A. Wang’s latest for Balenciaga?