BA­LEN­CI­AGA

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Collections Report -

For his first out­ing at Ba­len­ci­aga, creative di­rec­tor Alexan­der Wang kept to a ba­sic but ef­fec­tively graphic palette of black and white, bro­ken by the oc­ca­sional for­est green or win­ter grey. He was more in­ter­ested in ex­plor­ing dif­fer­ent shapes, specif­i­cally the mid-cen­tury couture style of house founder Cristóbal Ba­len­ci­aga. Wang trot­ted out the rounded shoul­ders, co­coon sil­hou­ettes, and padded hips but gave them all the down­town cool he’s known for. With Ba­len­ci­aga’s re­sources, he pushed into fab­ric in­no­va­tions, re­sult­ing in clever twists on the fa­mil­iar; furs were made to look like mar­ble while the knitwear was rem­i­nis­cent of cracked plas­ter. It was a tightly edited, con­fi­dent col­lec­tion that left fash­ion fans ea­gerly an­tic­i­pat­ing his next show­ing.

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