Eye on the Runway: Balenciaga Fall/Winter 2013 Men’s

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.

–Nicholas Remsen

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Image: Balenciaga Fall/Winter 2013/Courtesy Balenciaga