Balenciaga Fall Winter 2014 collection

May 05, 2014

Wang found a way to pierce the boundary between urban modernity and timeless sophistication with a collection  that paid homage to the house’s founder but never once looked back.

The show started strong with a triptych of textural rounded Cristóbal shaped coats - embellished with zippers slicing down the arms - that featured high fur collars flowing into panels at the front and final salt and pepper woven kangaroo pouch pockets.

By the time you wondered where Wang’s signature was, there came other extraordinary pieces: cable-knit duffle coats that had been covered in a glossy patent finish and a pair of classic grey sweaters. Even some short ribbed sweaters were given a luxe urban update with the grooves puffed out in mink. As for evening, Wang took a novel approach. Forgoing any evening dresses, he matched to beautifully tailored glossy black pants that curved up at one side and over at the waist into a matte black peplum. And he paired them with jewel hued silk tops that finished off at the rounded shoulders, in a layer of  grey cashmere dusted in shimmering white sequins. 

We had seen supermarket theme at Chanel show, and fast food inspiration at Moschino, at Balenciaga, there was an image of shopaholics although it was not too obvious, too glamorous as Chanel or funky as Moschino. It showed up in the next Balenciaga ‘it’ bags, an extreme luxury version of the paper shopping bag in python, fur or leather with handles made from industrial cable. Now these bags will never disintegrate in the middle of a shopping spree.

There had been a lot of concern since the first day Wang stepped in Balenciaga Creative Director chair. He’s so young, so passionate but whether his youth and his passion is enough to direct this one big reputable brand and sail it to a bright future or he is going to sink the whole ship down to the ocean bottom? We know it now.

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