The fashion world’s rumour mill went into overdrive when it was confirmed that Alexander Wang was leaving Balenciaga...
The fashion world’s rumour mill went into overdrive back in July, when it was confirmed that Alexander Wang was leaving Balenciaga, after just less than three years in the role.
And now we know who his replacement will be! Demna Gvasalia, designer of the industry insider’s new obsession label, Vetements, has taken the top job. He has previously worked at Maison Margiela and Louis Vuitton.
Ending a relatively short tenure at the storied Parisian house (his predecessor Nicholas Ghesquiere held the creative directorship for 15 years before joining Louis Vuitton in 2012) Alex’s final collection was for spring 2016, shown in Paris this month.
These are the big names Demna has pipped to the post…
London’s is already in the Kering fold and, with season after season of hit collections, we think he totally deserved a promotion. A huge part of the Balenciaga job is creating the kind of couture-worthy silhouettes the house was built on, but reimagining them with a futuristic twist. For this, we said, cue Kane.
The lovely Lanvin designer swears he’d never move. But after almost 15 years, could he have been tempted? His hyper-feminine silhouettes and attention to embellishment sure would have gone down at treat at Balenciaga HQ…
Riccardo could have brought a whole new level of fierce glamour to the house. He’s now served 10 years at the helm of Givenchy, helping to revive a historically important brand for the Insta-generation. Exactly what Balenciaga needs, non?
Someone we’ve not yet heard of?
Yes, on (rare) occasions the fashion world scraps its musical chairs game and actually promotes someone from within the existing company. After Gucci successfully made former head of accessories Alessandro Michele its new creative director at the start of the year, it was thought the big labels may have started to buck the trend and focus less on the search for a big name and more on recruiting someone who knows the brand’s DNA. But that could have all been a bit too sensible, couldn’t it?
See some of our favourite stars wearing Alexander Wang’s creations in the gallery above.