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Balenciaga Fall 2013 Runway Review

Undoubtedly the season's most anticipated show, Alexander Wang put his doubters to rest by presenting a Balenciaga collection that, while done in the Wang signature black, white and grey palette, was undeniably distinct from his own street style-inspired namesake collection.

Inspired by the polished ladylike aesthetic of Cristobal Balenciaga, Wang gave the house's signature curved shapes a modern twist with a slew of structured, architectural looks finished with origami pleats, sharp angles or better yet, made of marble-like cracked leather. Also noteworthy were a cocoon coat with silver hardware, mink jackets, cape-like details on tops and black velvet pants made by cementing velvet to foam then laser cutting and re-embroidering it — a nod to the great resources now available to the designer.

Given that a major reason Wang was hired was his savviness when it comes to accessories, it should be noted that the collection included chain embellished flat boots, V-strap pumps and a small boxy bag style with silver metal handles, tying together the clean, wearable, but undeniably intricate collection.


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