From the enigmatic and avant-garde to the upbeat and ladylike (and oft monogram-laden): While both have storied histories, the house of Balenciaga could not be more different from mega-brand Louis Vuitton. Yet the wise choice of Nicolas Ghesquière to succeed Marc Jacobs was of no surprise to me.
Before we get too caught up with the Fall/Winter season’s tweeds, wools, knits, dark leathers, and heavy textures, let’s take a minute to appreciate the unconventional. There’s something to be said for the element of surprise (got to keep ‘em on their toes!), and nothing will catch onlookers off-guard like a bright, perky bag right about now.
Givenchy’s Fall 2013 collection is full of trippy floral prints, tricked-out moto jackets, and a whole lot of the world’s most famous cartoon deer. The Bambi-meets-surreal art motif didn’t just make it to Riccardo Tisci’s high-fashion sweatshirts.
The moment I landed in Paris yesterday, I turned my phone on and looked up the latest Balenciaga runway images. The suspense was killing me. For Alexander Wang to successfully and seamlessly fuse his athletic aesthetic with Balenciaga’s classical silhouettes is no easy feat.