Now that we know who is going to take the reins at Balenciaga (it’s Alexander Wang, in case you’ve been living under a rock), the next question on everyone’s minds is: What will change under the new designer?
Well, according to the CEO of Balenciaga’s parent company PPR, François-Henri Pinault, not a whole lot.
Speaking to reporters after a keynote address sponsored by the HEC Alumni Association of New York at the Consulate General of France today, Pinault said, “I didn’t want … [to hire a designer who] wanted to do something completely different,” WWD is reporting.
To that end, we can probably expect references to both former Nicolas Ghesquière‘s work as well as Cristobal Balenciaga’s.
“The brand has been built over the last 15 years with Nicolas, who successfully created a new tailoring style that retained the spirit of founder] Cristobal’s work,” Pinault said. “We want to make sure that the person we hire understands and is capable of working with those elements, yet pushes them forward.”
He concluded: “The challenge taken by Alexander, which I really liked in discussions with him, is for him to express his talent in a different situation for another brand with its own DNA, and he’s absolutely excited with that.”
So it seems pretty safe to say that Wang isn’t going to pull a Hedi on us…