Despite mixed reactions about his appointment, Alexander Wang seems to have generally charmed the fashion crowd with his debut show for Balenciaga. The designer even managed to wow one of the toughest critics in the biz: Anna Wintour.
The Vogue EIC, not usually one to comment on a collection at all--let alone immediately after the show--told New York Times' Eric Wilson,
I’m very proud [of Wang's first collection for Balenciaga.] It was such a restrained show. I thought everything was very wearable, with obviously lots of bows to Balenciaga himself. I thought it was a very smart way to start, by not giving us too many fireworks.
Wintour certainly has reason to be proud, since she might have been a big reason he took the job in the first place.
Cathy Horyn, who is not exactly known to go soft on her reviews, also thought Wang hit it out of the ball park. "There were cries of 'sacrilege' and 'stupide' when Balenciaga hired Alexander Wang, known by some as an American T-shirt designer," she wrote on The New York Times' site. "But Mr. Wang delivered an impressive collection on Thursday that should silence his critics for a while."
Kudos Mr. Wang!