Women's Wear Daily is announcing that after only three years at Balenciaga, Alexander Wang's contract will likely not be renewed by the label following the Spring 2016 collections. Wang was appointed Creative Director of the high-profile label in December of 2012, and brought increased sales, star-studded ad campaigns, a hit handbag (Le Dix), and redesigned retail stores to the label. Despite logistical success, Wang was speculated to not be the perfect match for Balenciaga, and his collections for the label met with mixed reviews.
To honor his time at the label, let's look back to his work for various Balenciaga collections...
Fall 2013 Ready-to-Wear
In Wang's first collection for Balenciaga, he kept to the label's sleek lines and experimented here and there with texture, ultimately designing a collection that was beautiful but predictable. I can't help but love those pseudo-marbled prints, though.
Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear
Cute silhouttes that dozens of young stars would love to wear in that sexy-sophisicated style? Check. Wang delivered plenty of popular pieces in this collection, but he still stayed closer to the label's reputation and shied away from presenting his signature sporty aesthetic.
Fall 2014 Ready-to-Wear
This is my personal favorite of Wang's collections for Balenciaga. The chunky knits in odd shapes, leather, and hardware, make for a great fall/winter collection with a little more Wang reflected in them.
Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear
In this collection, Wang really started to show some independence as he asserted his own creative voice to be different from the previous reign of Nicolas Ghesquiere for Balenciaga. He managed to fill a collection with pieces so meticulously delicate, but not sacharine or precious.
Fall 2015 Ready-to-Wear
This most recent season was arguably not a great collection by Wang. He too heavily referenced the old-fashioned silhouettes of Cristobal Balenciaga's original clientelle, though Ghesquiere had done the same just years before.
Was it here that onlookers began to note that the Balenciaga Wang partnership was just not a match made in heaven?
Whether or not the rumors are true, Wang is undoubtedly a talented and well-respected designer in the industry. If he'll go back to focusing on his eponymous label or go elsewhere is anyone's guess.