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
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
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.