I think it’s quite clear that I’m a huge fan of Alexander Wang. But something’s different about his work at Balenciaga. The sophistication and boldness of the structure is even louder at Balenciaga than it is in his other collections. You can see everything happening at Wang’s presentations – laser-cuts, knitwear, beads, fur, leather. Some of the shilouettes from SS14 show continued, with cocoon shaped coats and dresses, but the shrugs, or the shoulder warmers and the thick belts hugging the waists are new inspirations. This show, the pieces took us to a mysterious ocean with glamours beaver fur and bright beads on the shoulder warmers that look like “sea urchins” as Style.com calls it, and the white mermaid-like tunic that emphasises the sexiness of exposed sides. Women wearing Balenciaga should feel a lot more confident and sexier in these Fall 14 pieces – especially those trousers with zippers lining down the long, feminine legs. They bring the most emphasis to the feminine lines without having to point it out too obviously. I don’t think it’s necessary for someone to applaud Wang for what he has done this season again, because he’s been doing it ever since he started his career. But it’s rare to love every single piece that has been presented on the runway and recognise its wearability. That’s what Balenciaga does – it brings out the desire to be more feminine and sexy without having to try too hard.
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