Alexander Wang made his Balenciaga debut in the house’s intimate salons on the Avenue George V.
Discover the first image of the Balenciaga new campaign for Spring/Summer 2013.
Source: Tendance de mode.
Finally, it looks like it is not Christopher Kane, but Alexander Wang to take over Balenciaga, as several sources report today. Succeeding Nicolas Ghesquière, who has his last day at the PPR owned fashion house today, we should be hearing an official statement from Balenciaga in the following days.
Nicolas Ghesquière, one of the most acclaims contemporary designers is to leave Balenciaga. “The Balenciaga fashion house and Nicolas Ghesquière have announced their joint decision to end their working relationship as of 30 November 2012″.
Focus on these rings featured on the Balenciaga Spring/Summer 2013 Runway.
Via Jay Strut.
For day 3, Heavy weights of the Parisian fashion scene hit the ring !
Photos via Vogue.fr.
[dropcap]G[/dropcap]race Coddington has designed a capsule collection with Nicolas Ghesquiere for Balenciaga named after her cat, Pumpkin. According to a press release from the label, the line of scarves and bags will feature Coddington’s own drawings of her petit chat modeling various Balenciaga looks from the past decade. Here’s what you can look forward to when the line launches (on Fashion’s Night Out, of course):
Central to the new accessories line is the “Pumpkin Papier” tote bag . Produced in either ecru or bright pumpkin canvas with black calfskin trim, the bag is decorated with a playful print of Pumpkin the Cat wearing Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière.
Two printed “Pumpkin” scarves round out the collection, one in a classic silk twill and one in fringed wool and silk.
Balenciaga is donating 20 percent of the proceeds to the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons. So should someone’s prizewinning spaniel wander off in Sag Harbor, know that Balenciaga will keep him safe.
[dropcap]E[/dropcap]dward Enninful styled the superb Fall Winter 2012 campaign of our client Lane Crawford that was shot by Nick Knight, featuring Ming Xi, Xiao Wen Ju and Wang Xiao.
All of them hail from China and they’ve all have walked the runways for important labels like Alexander Wang, Christian Dior and Louis Vuitton.
The clothes are mostly from conceptual designers ( sourced by LAMBERT + ASSOCIATES TEAM ) like Haider Ackermann, Givenchy, Lanvin, Balenciaga, Celine and Alexander McQueen with emphasis on the season’s hottest trends like leather, tailored coats and pencil skirts.
Balenciaga gets a cast of newcomers – Linn Arvidsson, Julier Bugge, Sophie Hirschfelder, Juliet Ingleby and Anniek Kortleve - for its Fall 2012 campaign lensed by Steven Meisel.
[dropcap]K [/dropcap]risten Stewart is the new face of Balenciaga Paris’, Florabotanica. Nicolas Ghesquière has had his eye on Stewart since her role in “Panic Room”, sharing with WWD in a recent interview, “I remember thinking, ‘Wow, I would love to do something with her one day. She’s so Balenciaga.” Ghesquiere’s initial idea was to create a collection incorporating “nice” and “nasty” flowers, and Stewart’s duality between gorgeous looks and a boyish personality made her a perfect fit for this fragrance. Florbotanica was produced with Olivier Polge and Jean-Christophe Hèrault of International Flavors & Fragrances. The key notes to this scent are vetiver, amber, caladium-leaf accord, a hybrid rose, carnation and mint accord.
The advertisement for Florabotanica is composed of 3-D metal sculptures resembling elements of a floral print and Kristen wearing a piece from the latest Balenciaga collection. As told to WWD, Stewart has never really thought about her sense of fashion or had a style icon. “I think the hottest chick that’s ever walked the earth is Brigitte Bardot, and I couldn’t be more different from her.” Stewart reveals that she “was never the one wearing her mom’s perfume and trying to be sexy”. She went on to describe what really sold her on the fragrance, “there is something natural about it, it’s very alive. I think that as a young person wearing it – considering I’ve never worn a scent – it kind of puts you on this level of, like, ‘Whoa, check me out.’”
Balenciaga’s newest retail statement, slated to open here Tuesday, is a striking composite of its otherworldly stores dotted around the globe: an optical orange slice representing London; green marble a wink to Los Angeles; French chateau floors echoing its historic boutique on Avenue George V.
Balenciaga’s 60th directly operated store — boasting 40 feet of frontage on the bustling Rue Saint-Honoré — also symbolizes how the company has quickly accrued critical mass in retail, which now accounts for more than half of its revenues. (Less than five years ago, it only had three locations.)
Balenciaga continues to expand its store network, having already added six locations this year — including in Shanghai, Nanjing and Taiwan — with up to seven more to come before the books close on 2012.
Already open is a 540-square-foot women’s accessories unit in Venice — where fractal slabs of burgundy marble abut mint green walls — and coming later this summer is a 3,760-square-foot, two-level unit on Rome’s swanky Via Borgognona.
While Balenciaga’s store count is still dwarfed by many of its designer competitors, simply adding doors is no longer the sole focus of the brand, controlled by PPR, parent of Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta and other fashion houses. Some units require renovation, while others need to be enlarged.
Some units in Japan, for example, are only large enough to display about 30 percent of Balenciaga’s collections, whereas Guichot’s goal is to “illustrate the brand fully” in as many locations as possible.
Balenciaga and its influential creative director Nicolas Ghesquière initially earned a reputation for planting stores in offbeat locales, such as the Chelsea art district in New York, Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood in a former tile manufacturer, or Via Santo Spirito in Milan, an off-the-radar branch of the city’s so-called “golden triangle” of retail.
The new Rue Saint-Honoré unit, close neighbor of the hip boutique Colette, joins a burgeoning retail strip, with Moynat and Dsquared2 among recent arrivals, and Chloé and Theory among those coming soon.
Balenciaga’s space, formerly a gas station, offered the brand a vast, rectangular space of about 3,200 square feet spread over one level — a rarity in a city full of landmark buildings with higgledy-piggledy layouts.
As in all Balenciaga units, Ghesquière and the French contemporary artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster collaborated on the interior concept. She calls the Rue Saint-Honoré store a “catalogue” of its key boutiques, each of which has a different color scheme and mood. (There’s even a preview of the yet-to-be-opened SoHo unit in New York, with an emphasis on the color purple and floral carpets.)
Pedestrians strolling on Rue Saint-Honoré are surely to be struck by the store’s division into vertical strips — like a theater stage with its various backdrops viewed in cross-section.
The brand also continues to make inroads with social networks. It’s amassed more than 350,000 Facebook fans and recently detected a spike in traffic on Twitter as celebrities including Brad Pitt donned Balenciaga for red-carpet appearances during last month’s Cannes Film Festival.
[dropcap]G[/dropcap]alliera, the fashion museum of the City of Paris closed until 2013, has chosen the docks of the Seine to present its prestigious exhibition, outside the walls, in homage to the great master of Spanish fashion, Cristobal Balenciaga, disappeared forty years ago. More than seventy costumes and vintage clothing elements interact with forty dresses, capes and coats embroidered couture created between 1937 and 1968.
The City Fashion is finally revealed engravings, photographs, sketches to complete the package. One hundred pieces of the seventeenth and especially the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, collected by the designer, were given by his family at the Galliera Museum in March 1979. This small imaginary museum, in which Balenciaga drew inspiration takes us back to Spain traditional folk, had never been publicly revealed. As for his creations, they are a timeless classic. Through this exhibition, visitors will be transported in the labyrinthine reserves the Galliera museum, inaccessible.
Not to be missed.