The 3 Most Buzzed About Shows From Day 3 of Paris Fashion Week

We think you know who got the most buzz on the third day of Paris Fashion Week (psst...it was Balenciaga). But for those who prefer not to see things in black and white, everyone's favorite American in Paris had a little competition from another under-30, Balmain's Olivier Rousteing, as well as Alber Elbaz.
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We think you know who got the most buzz on the third day of Paris Fashion Week (psst...it was Balenciaga). But for those who prefer not to see things in black and white, everyone's favorite American in Paris had a little competition from another under-30, Balmain's Olivier Rousteing, as well as Alber Elbaz.

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We think you know who got the most buzz on the third day of Paris Fashion Week (psst...it was Balenciaga). But for those who prefer not to see things in black and white, everyone's favorite American in Paris had a little competition from another under-30, Balmain's Olivier Rousteing, as well as Alber Elbaz.

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Balenciaga Designer: Alexander Wang

  • "Dominated by sleek, elegant looks in black and white." [AFP]
  • "An auspicious start. Wang stayed true to the heritage of the house, and even to his predecessor Nicolas Ghesquiere's contribution of using high-tech, cutting-edge materials. Wang also succeeded at creating clothes that not only beg to be looked at and revered, but also to be worn." [All The Rage/

    Los Angeles Times]

  • "Where he pushed the boundaries the most was with the fabrics--focusing on highlighting patterns through texture." [The Daily Beast]
  • "This was a strong, elegant and feminine debut collection which gives us hope of even greater things to come from Alex." [ELLEuk.com]
  • "It was clean, it was exact, it didn’t rock the boat (or the brand). It was, as the French say, pas mal." [FT.com]
  • "With the weight of the fashion world on his shoulders, Alexander Wang served up a polished debut show." [Grazia Daily]
  • "The debut was imbued with cool precision." [The Guardian]
  • "It was a very beautiful collection. The fabric development was incredible and the cutting too. You could see the workmanship and the know how in every garment." [i-D Online]
  • "Alexander Wang’s first outing at Balenciaga on Thursday was a fine effort. In fact, it looked effortless, as though the designer, at only 29 years old, had reached the essence of what the famous couturier stood for: sculpted elegance." [International Herald Tribune]
  • "Alexander Wang showed on Thursday that he could design for a major house. His debut for Balenciaga was smart and graceful, and the streamlined clothes advanced the codes in a modern way." [The New York Times]
  • "In one fell swoop Wang transformed the Balenciaga brand. He brought it forward without forgetting where it came from." [NOWFASHION]
  • "The 29 year old designer, who made his name with the upscale streetwear of his signature label, was in no way cowed by the man who founded the house. He transformed the fresh sporty style he knows so well into something sleek and pure, and decidedly luxe for Balenciaga." [NOWFASHION]
  • "Wang fused technology and technique to come up with compelling new textiles." [Style.com]
  • "Wang managed to play with some signature house ideas, married to the austere, sculptural quality for which Cristóbal Balenciaga was celebrated in the late fifties and sixties--while never making the clothes look retro." [Vogue.com]
  • "He made a really impressive start, the energy in the lead up to the show feeling slightly worrying, but then soon set straight as the music took hold and he presented a very grown-up collection." [Vogue.com UK]
  • "Inspired by marble statuary, Alexander Wang used crinkled, marble-like fabrics for his sharp debut at Balenciaga." [Wmagazine.com]
  • "Perhaps most surprising, and happily so, this collection didn’t hit you in the face with the overt commercial mandate that many have assumed was behind Wang’s appointment; rather it felt smart, accomplished and well designed." [WWD]

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Balmain Designer: Olivier Rousteing

  • "With the thumping Led Zeppelin music, it was hard not to get caught up in this magic carpet ride. Where would you wear these clothes if not on stage? Who knows. But if you have the bravado (and the big bucks), you’re gonna stop traffic." [All The Rage/

    Los Angeles Times]

  • "With the spiky, in-trend '80s shoulders, 'upbeat' and 'modern' it definitely felt. But 'real'--given the collection's ample Lurex stripes, chandelier crystals, and metallic leather tweed--was quite far off the mark." [AP]
  • "Maybe a bit too close to home for those who donned these looks during their original heyday. But for the style set a few decades younger? There's plenty to relish..." [Daily Front Row]
  • "Paris is the grand old lady of la mode--couture was invented here, after all, and ready-to-wear too--and the local fashion elite tends to take itself immensely seriously. So bravo to Olivier Rousteing, the twenty-something enfant of the French designer syndicate, whose barmily baroque Balmain collection punctured the usual pomp today." [The Daily Telegraph]
  • "Positively vibrating with energy." [ELLEuk.com]
  • "You can look at Balmain today as a show-off brand for rich Russians. But there is something deeper behind the magnificent fabrics and exceptional workmanship. It is an uncompromising love of haute couture spelled out in gold. And pink. And amethyst. And emerald green, to name but a few." [International Herald Tribune]
  • "Rousteing needs to take his talents as a designer, because he is talented, in a dramatically new direction. Only then will this house stop looking like a parody of itself." [NOWFASHION]
  • "Speaking of fabrics, many of them, like moire, silk, and gold lamé, had a metallic candy-wrapper quality. That, combined with the proportions of the clothing and the large chandelier earrings the models wore, helped this offering scream with the same kind of glam-rock urgency that has fueled all of Rousteing's outings for Balmain." [POPSUGAR Fashion]
  • "Olivier Rousteing name-checked Paul Poiret and Christian Lacroix in addition to his label's founder, Pierre Balmain, today. Put them all together and you still wouldn't match the irrepressible exuberance of this young designer." [Style.com]
  • "The maximalists are massing somewhere out there on the borders of fashion’s vast tundra of fall black and gray. It’s a smallish mass, admittedly, but it contains some major names: Tom Ford, Donatella Versace, Peter Dundas of Pucci, Roberto Cavalli. And then there’s Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing, the only twentysomething amongst them, who is a committed new-generation member of the fashion party, which canvases on the firm belief that dressing up is a defense against gloomy times." [Vogue.com]
  • "There's one thing Olivier Rousteing at Balmain has it's the courage of his convictions." [Vogue.com UK]
  • "When more is more: a Balmain gold suit that can take you from Alexis Carrington's living room to Captain Kirk's starship." [Wmagazine.com]
  • "'More is more' has been the inferred house motto, but sometimes enough is enough." [WWD]

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Lanvin Designer: Alber Elbaz

  • "Had a distinctly retro look with plenty of nipped-in waists, full skirts, belted jackets and fur." [AFP]
  • "Lanvin's message was clear--the 20th century is the story of feminine glamor. Could this be the start of the fightback of ladylike style?" [AP]
  • "Whether it's the simple pieces, the flashiest accouterments, or an infusion of nature, this collection will have everyone buzzing." [Daily Front Row]
  • "If ever a show--or indeed clothes--could sum up sheer happiness, then this was it." [ELLEuk.com]
  • "Alber Elbaz was all over the place at Lanvin. There was no theme or through-line in his show on Thursday night. Why, the jumbled format of the show was like something from the past. It was marvelous." [On The Runway/

    The New York Times]

  • "This was a collection that walked the delicate line between masculine and feminine with perfect ease." [POPSUGAR Fashion]
  • "In anybody else's hands, this could have been something of a mess; in Alber Elbaz's, it felt like freedom and fun." [Style.com]
  • It was a tour de force of variety, encompassing in its accomplishment, a collection that makes warring terms like 'minimal' and 'maximal' seem plain silly." [Vogue.com]
  • "The overall message wasn't as cohesive as we have seen before (last season it was all about squares and the season before about a big birthday bash), but that was actually the point." [Vogue.com UK]
  • "A one-armed Lanvin fur stole? Mais oui!" [Wmagazine.com]
  • "This show was as emotional as it was dazzling." [WWD]