Eye on the Runway: Balenciaga Pre-Fall 2013

If there was any doubt before that Alexander Wang’s first collection for Balenciaga will be a radical departure for the brand, it’s nearly certain now. The label’s pre-fall offering, created by the in-house design team, was miles from the American designer’s oeuvre.

Sure, there were the long, lean lines and graphic b&w moments that unite Wang and his predecessor, but the inclusion of a head-to-toe paisley outfit and a breezy dress in an archival floral print seemed almost like a direct challenge to the incoming designer. But in other ways, this shift in gears may have cleared the slate, by looking past Nicolas Ghesquière’s reign. There were none of the designer’s pop-culture pyrotechnics or “It” pieces here.

At its best, the collection certainly offered plenty of serviceable pieces, including some impeccably tailored suiting and a graphic belted trench. Missing though, was the innovative creation of shapes that made Ghesquière’s Balenciaga one of fashion’s most exciting labels to watch.

–Heather Corcoran

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