The next Balenciaga creative director
Who will take Alexander Wang's spot on the throne at Balenciaga?
After a magnificent bow out at his very last show for Balenciaga a couple of days ago, in the only way Alexander Wang could (taking what might be the most epic exit jog down the runway of all time, smartphone in hand and breaking out into a cheerful dance), two realities were on everyone's minds. One, if his lively exit is any indication, Alexander Wang is certainly looking forward to the next episode, and two, who will succeed him?
As the rumour mill grinds along at top speed, buzz suggests that Kering, Balenciaga's parent company, may be taking cues from how relatively unknown designer Alessandro Michele revived Gucci (also owned by Kering). The UK Telegraph has shortlisted a possible list of contenders:
Currently creative director at Paco Rabanne, he worked at Balenciaga under Nicolas Ghesquière, and left when Ghesquière moved to Louis Vuitton.
The under-the-radar designer also worked with Balenciaga under Ghesquière for 10 years, and now heads up Christian Lacroix. In 2010 she started her own label.
Abe worked at Comme des Garçons as a member of Junya Watanabe's design team, then went on to amass a cult following and launched her own brand, Sacai, in 1998.
He has designer roles at Louis Vuitton and Maison Margiela under his belt, and currently helms Vetements that is a collective of seven anonymous designers.