Although I was far from expecting a colorful exuberance from Alexander Wang’s first collection as the creative of the prestigious Balenciaga maison, but the Fall 2013 Collection he came up with during the Paris Fashion Week was somewhat cold and linear.
But maybe we’ll see side effects of his concepts injected into fast fashion as Wang’s Balenciaga ready to wear fall 2013 collection was pretty wearable and youthful. Simple, black and white with marbled gray here and there, metal noeuds and knotted jewelry (pretty clear which were the jewelry main lines for the fall season, remember Rodarte’s barb wire?). There was a lot for the young street savvy generation than for the dusted archives de la mode.
Wang played with the tulip shape, twisting it, turning it into a sexy back silhouette. He also conformed with the general stylists’ suggestions, playing with volumes (exaggerated tops and slim pants / pencil skirts). He had to play with the zebra print as well, so he turned into some pretty fur marbled waistcoats.
Globally feminine and restrained, the collection was clean and somber, the walking models looking in pain and suffering (hoping that’s not because of the clothes or the strange looking shoes). The critics expect a lot from Wang, but they’re willing to extend his credit beyond this quiet first collection he just delivered in Paris.