While the news is still to be confirmed, WWD is reporting that New York designer Alexander Wang is set to take the lead at Balenciaga. The newswire states that “Balenciaga will next week name Alexander Wang its new creative director.”
Today officially marks Nicolas Ghesquière’s last day at the house but rumours of his replacement have been swirling ever since his abrupt exit earlier this month. With a mixed bag of designers all whispered to be in talks to take the helm, ranging from London’s Mary Katrantzou, Christopher Kane (who recently left Versus by Versace), J.W. Anderson (who is now collaborating with Versus), Canada’s own Thomas Tait to New York’s Joseph Altuzarra, it looks like we will soon enough find out who will land the coveted role at the legendary label.
Update: The house of Balenciaga has confirmed that American designer Alexander Wang will take on the role of Creative Director, effective immediately. “I am deeply honoured to embark on this new role for a brand and house that I have such great admiration and respect for,” shared Wang in a statement to the press. The New York-based designer will continue to develop his namesake label while handling all areas of Balenciaga including womenswear, menswear and accessories, as well as the label’s image. High expectations have been set for Wang who is expected to “use his creativity and his own research to reinterpret and immortalize the distinctive, modern and extremely innovative style imposed by Cristóbal Balenciaga,” shared François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO of PPR.