FASHION

Is Alexander Wang Out at Balenciaga?

Speculation and rumors point to yes.


After less than three years at the helm of Balenciaga, Alexander Wang may be parting ways with the storied house, a new report by WWD claims. According to the paper, the brand and its parent company, Kering, will not renew the designer’s contract and his last show will take place during Spring 2016 fashion week in Paris. Just this month, Wang appeared in a W story discussing how he balances Balenciaga and his own eponymous brand. “My own company bears my name, and I’m the end point of everything that happens there,” he said. “But here, I’m a variable in a very different equation—one that was in place before me and will continue on after I’m gone. Essentially, I’m just another employee.” The designer’s alleged ousting, and whether another “employee” will take his place, has yet to be confirmed.

Alexander Wang’s Gang

Alexander Wang.

Photographer: Roe Ethridge Stylist: Sarah Richardson

Euro Stars At Balenciaga, Wang has deftly updated the house’s ultra-sophisticated codes.

From left: Balenciaga dress, $12,550, and bag, $4,450, similar styles at Balenciaga, New York, 212.206.0872; Balenciaga earrings, $885, and shoes, $1,485, Balenciaga, New York, 212.206.0872. Balenciaga coat, $6,250, stud earrings, $695, drop earrings, $785, and shoes, $1,485, Balenciaga, New York, 212.206.0872; Balenciaga gloves, $2,965, similar styles at Balenciaga, New York, 212.206.0872. Balenciaga dress, $6,650, stud earrings, $695, and earrings, $885, Balenciaga, New York, 212.206.0872. Balenciaga coat, $10,350, stud earrings, $745, drop earrings, $785, and boots, $1,485, Balenciaga, New York, 212.206.0872. Balenciaga dress, $20,100, and pumps, $1,925, similar styles at Balenciaga, New York, 212.206.0872; Balenciaga stud earrings, $695 and $745, Balenciaga, New York, 212.206.0872.

Photographer: Roe Ethridge Stylist: Sarah Richardson

New York Dolls Wang captures a downtown, edgy sensibility with his signature line.

Alexander Wang coat, turtleneck, socks, and boots, prices upon request, alexanderwang.com. Alexander Wang coat, $1,995, vest, bodysuit, socks, and boots, prices upon request, alexanderwang.com. Alexander Wang dress, $1,395, top, $1,595, backpack, $1,150, socks and boots, prices upon request, alexanderwang.com. Alexander Wang pullover, pants, socks, and boots, prices upon request, alexanderwang.com. Alexander Wang jacket, $895, turtleneck, $650, pants, $650, socks and boots, prices upon request, alexanderwang.com.

Hair by Esther Langham; makeup by Seong Hee Park for MAC. Set design by Andy Harman at Lalaland Artists. Models: Hanne Gaby Odiele at IMG Models; Annika Krist at the Society Management; Leila Ndabirabe and Sarah Brannon at New York Model Management; Grace Bol at Elite; Hedvig Palm and Binx Walton at Next Management; Sally Jonsson at Major Model Management; Lexi Boling at Ford Models; Issa Lish at Muse Management. Manicure by Honey at Exposure NY. Lighting designer: Chris Bisagni. Digital technician: Jonathan Nesteruk. Photography assistants: John Ciamillo, Brent Lee, Bailey Roberts. Fashion assistant: Michael Beshara.

Photographer: Roe Ethridge Stylist: Sarah Richardson
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