When I think of Balenciaga, I think of two people. Cristóbal Balenciaga, a fellow Spaniard and the founder of the fashion house, and Nicolas Ghesquière, the designer who reinvented the house in 1997 at the young age of 25.
Last month Ghesquière announced his departure after 15 years as Creative Director, and Alexander Wang was chosen as his successor. They say that success is never final, but failure can be – which sums up anyone’s career in fashion. You’re only as only good as your last show. So it’s with bated breath that I’m anticipating Wang’s first collection for Balenciaga. Will he triumph or fail in his new position?
It’s a new era, and I for one am expecting this luxury label to continue its success. But first, let’s take a look at Balenciaga’s revolutionary style.