Sunday, March 17, 2013

Balenciaga: Together Now

Not to say the Balenciaga is together but it is more together than what I expected after the surprising departure of Nicolas Ghesquieres. I think we can all admit we were expecting for Alexander Wang to fail at his first Balenciaga show. The thought of what a streetwear New York designer would do to a historic Spaniard fashion house was a bit nerve wreaking but at the same time he does come with a good back ground of tailoring and workmanship of parson.

For his first collection this was bit of a different take of what we are used to seeing from the Balenciaga house, I guess new director a new take and younger take for sure. Wang is mostly known for his knits, sweaters and flowing tops, yet we saw something different at the Balenciaga runway. It was his clothes and obviously his design but more grown up. Maybe because he understand this is for an older customer but there was something different. There was the noticeable Cristobal Balenciaga influence with the cut of the clothes, specially the dresses but there was also some Margela going on with the texture of the clothes. If we go back a couple seasons we can really see some of the Margela influence, especially with the cracked painted leather jacket.

The hit of the collection were some wearable pieces, but surprisingly the boots really caught any fashion goers eye. The boots that were shown at the beginning and they are some cool boots, I know those velvet one will definitely get some street exposure. Something not only his younger customer will gravitate to but also his Balenciaga customer. One thing is for sure; we will see more of Wang’s design hit more red carpet events and dinner benefits than before.

I’m not going to sit here and bash Wang for playing it a bit safe with his first collection for the fashion house, but it was a very safe take compared to what Ghesquieres used to do. We have to remember this is a new designer so new esthetic, we will have to learn with Wang, but the question is if he will learn with the European market?


Photo Credit:, Balenciaga

Monday, March 4, 2013

Celine: All About a Coat

I don’t think I have ever talked about Celine, but there has never been a reason to. Okay not in that way, obviously Celine is a strong fashion house that does not need me talking about it on this blog but I don’t know this season the use of the coats were just so organic it needed some attention on BOOM. Phoebe Philo is known for her work at Celine. I think we all know about the work she has done with the handbags and the strong celebrity following has been influential to many designers, but this season she outdid herself with the knit and coat work. I hate to overuse the word minimalist but this is what minimalist is all about. Not like what Raf Simons did for Jil Sanders but a different, the clothes just feel feminine.

 The collection is strong, the bags are strong, it just feels sophisticated without the need of overdesigning. When you think of Celine, we don’t think of crazy patterns of overworked clothes. The clothes are made for women who are ready to wear them out. These women work in power possession, running a company and bossing hundred of people around. It is kind of hard to explain, its more of a feeling the clothes give out. Who would have thought a good coat would make such a strong impression but that is what fashion is all about. It takes one idea for the design to speak out.

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