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Reactions To Wang's Balenciaga

Eric Wilson (New York Times) Reports On Reactions To The Show:

But by the time the show had ended, many people said their perceptions of Mr. Wang and his abilities as a designer had changed. It was no small triumph for him that the immediate reactions were not only positive about the designs, described as restrained and respectful to he heritage of Balenciaga, but also his handling of the pressure of replacing the popular designer Nicolas Ghesquière, who announced his departure last fall.


Anna Wintour:
I am very proud. It was such a restrained show. I thought everything was wearable, with obviously lots of bows to Balenciaga himself. I thought it was a very smart way to start, bu not giving too many fireworks.


Linda Fargo / Fashion Director of Bergdorf Goodman:
I’m glowing, I’m going to state the obvious, but he took the codes of the house and interpreted them beautifully. It was nice to see these sculptural volumes that were still very reasonable and done in a way that was appealing.


Daniela Agnelli / Fashion Director of London’s Telegraph Magazine:
If I had closed my eyes, I would not have known it was Alexander Wang designing. There was a lot of pressure for him. I was expecting to see something more sporty, in his kind of style. I was surprised to see such an amazing elegance and such a chic collection.


Anne Slowey / Fashion News Director of Elle:
It was very smart on his part to just embrace the codes of the house, There was enough layering and complexity that made it feel modern. And the good news was that it felt distinctly different from his own line.


Charlotte Cowles for New York Magazine's The Cut Records Few More Reactions:

Cathy Horyn:
Alexander Wang steps up to Balenciaga with a solid debut that plays on classic shapes in a modern, minimizing way. Great textures too.


Vanessa Friedman / Financial Times:
It was clean, it was exact, it didn’t rock the boat (or the brand). It was, as the French say, pas mal.


Laura Craik / London Times:
They were big shoes to fill, but Wang stepped into them seamlessly. He drew a shade more literally from the Balenciaga archives than Ghesquiere tended to, but nobody could fault him for this, since Cristobal Balenciaga is one of the greatest designers ever to have grasped a pair of scissors.


Alexandra Shulman / British Vogue Tweets:
Perfectly Simple

Meanwhile SHOWstudio held a Live Panel where Lou Stoppard and guests Deborah Milner, Georgina Goodman and Jackie Dixon discuss the show: