The latest on Alexander Wang for Balenciaga
Nicolas Ghesquière officially left his role as Balenciaga’s creative director yesterday, after 15 years in the position. The question of who will fill the position opened by his departure has become one of the most buzzed about fashion news items of recent weeks—largely assisted by a steady stream of conflicting rumours.
Two weeks ago, it was French publication Le Nouvel Observateur that confirmed that Scottish designer Christopher Kane would take the helm. These rumours were quashed then almost simultaneously spurred again by quick denials by Balenciaga and Kane, then the announcement that Kane was leaving his then current role as a designer at Versus.
Most recently, it’s been Alexander Wang who has been favoured to take the helm, with Internet commentary quickly and avidly responding to Cathy Horyn’s article acknowledging Wang’s current status as frontrunner. The New York Times alleges that information on Wang’s impending appointment has come courtesy of a “Paris source with knowledge”, despite the fact that no official statements have been released from the fashion house or Wang’s representatives.
Most recently, a confirmation from WWD gleaned “via market sources” was enough for Vogue UK to frame the appointment as official, where it is stated that “an announcement for the brand is expected to be released next week”.
If this is the case, we won’t have long to wait until the news is confirmed. Aside from this being celebratory news in itself, will at the very least stem all this rampant speculating.
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