This Wednesday, Alexander Wang presented his first ever Resort collection for the house of Balenciaga. Following in the success of his debut collection, Wang's latest collection felt like its predecessor - striking and substantial. Undertaking a research trip to the Basque region of Spain, Wang and his team visited the Cristóbal Balenciaga Museum in the seaside town of Getaria (Balenciaga’s birthplace), where they delved into the exclusive and extensive archive finding inspiration for the collection.
Working with draping, origami details, bell sleeves and petal shaped skirts, the heart of Balenciaga is strongly felt in this collection but Wang has ensured he brings his own sporty aesthetic with bolero bra and bandeau tops, cropped trousers, short shorts and racerbacks dresses. All these pieces feel strong and really work in the monochromatic colour palette. I particularly like the speckled “scramble" and “noise" patterns mixed together to create dimension. This collection also excels in its accessories. The chunky chained bracelets, necklaces, earrings and handbags are youthful and edgy and are sure to become best seller, whilst the vinyl fringed bucket hats and strappy sandals lift each look with quirk.
I have nothing negative to say regarding this collection. It feels original with an evident development since Wang's debut collection, with this collection feeling a lot more personal. I like how he's seamlessly mixing his own aesthetic with Balenciaga's to create a fresh and contemporary feel whilst making sure he doesn't imitate his predecessor's work. Alexander Wang did have seriously hard shoes to fill when taking over at the helm, however, judging by this strong collection, he definitely has nothing to worry about.