If 2015 has taught us anything about the fashion industry, it’s that change is inevitable. From Frida Giannini parting ways with Gucci after a rapid decline in sales to now Alexander Wang‘s departure from Balenciaga. The news came as a shock to the fashion community earlier today after WWD published confirmation that Wang’s last collection for the French fashion house will be shown during Paris Fashion Week this September. Wang joined Balenciaga back in November 2012, succeeding Nicolas Ghesquière who subsequently joined Louis Vuitton. While Wang’s debut collection for Fall 2013 became an instant hit with the fashion press, Kering has ultimately decided not to renew the American designer’s contract and is currently scouting his successor.
Surprisingly, our forum members seem unfazed by the news. “Wow. His tenure sure was short and sweet,” khyrk commented the minute the news broke.
Also not too fussed was KissMiss who hailed, “Thank God! Time for some elegance.”
Zelda Zonk was quick to write, “That’s a shame, I really liked what he did for Balenciaga, more than what he does for his own label. But I guess it already takes a lot of his time, and it’s his own label that is making him really successful. So maybe he wants to focus on that? I’m really curious to see who is going to work for Balenciaga now.”
“Kering [French Luxury Goods Company] is ridiculous with their constant shuffling of designers. If I was a designer I’d never agree to work for one of their houses because you know you’ll be out in about 5 years max,” pointed out lelaid.
“The name Alistair Carr comes to my mind,” posted momo526, already playing the guessing game as to who’s set to replace Wang.
We will miss Wang’s eye-catching and visually-stimulating campaigns for Balenciaga. Take a peek at the Fall 2015 campaign featuring Kate Moss and Lara Stone here and sound off about Alexander Wang’s surprising departure inside our thread here.