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Alexander Wang, the new Creative Director of Balenciaga, presented his personal vision of women’s fashion for Fall-Winter 2013 in Paris. Few were invited to the event and the show was veiled in secrecy. Let’s take a look at this intriguing new Collection.

The rigid line imposed by the heavy woven fabrics is inspired by the East, the young stylist’s cultural background: silhouettes are only just hinted and embellished with asymmetrical tops. Models range from feminine knee-length dresses, revealing both legs and shoulders, to remarkable suits comprising tops with either slacks or skirt. The stretch slacks are elegant, while the sheath dresses have a high waistline, making the figure more longilineal.

The jackets, with a decided clean cut and accentuated, rounded shoulders, are short with a slight train that reaches mid-thigh. Many dresses and tops have a deep, geometric décolleté, whereas outerwear is abundant and wrap-around, of soft, short-haired fur, decorated with a light stripe.

The only colours utilised for the Collection are black and white with a few half-tones and nuances of lighter or darker grey, as well as abstract patterns that create shades and spirals, like colours brushed on canvas.

The shoes follow the current fashion: pointed, elegant décolleté with an ankle strap, connected with a t-bar to the front. Accessories also include flip-flops that become mary janes and low black boots with a rounded toe and white laces. A classical Collection with no claim to eccentricity, making for a pleasant and sober beginning to Alexander Wang’s collaboration with Balenciaga.

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