Here we are in the interim between Nicolas Ghesquière’s exit from and Alexander Wang’s arrival at Balenciaga. And like most things in gray areas, the house’s fall ’13 show was a bit of a wash.
Balenciaga’s codes that we’ve all come to know and (mostly) love weren’t apparent yesterday in Paris. In their place were thin coats paired with wide-legged cropped trousers, high-necked collars and an awkward interplay between formalwear and outerwear that fell short of the label’s standards. But we can’t blame the design team — undoubtedly talented though they are, it’s hard steering a ship without a captain. Let’s see what Wang has in store come February when he debuts his women’s collection.
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Image: Balenciaga Fall/Winter 2013/Courtesy Balenciaga