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

On the third day of Paris Fashion Week, Balmain had a bonafide "Zoolander moment," but critics felt it was Americans in Paris who carried the day, with Rick Owens flying in an Airbus full of collegiate steppers to replace the runway models and Alexander Wang going full-on sportswear-chic at Balenciaga.
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On the third day of Paris Fashion Week, Balmain had a bonafide "Zoolander moment," but critics felt it was Americans in Paris who carried the day, with Rick Owens flying in an Airbus full of collegiate steppers to replace the runway models and Alexander Wang going full-on sportswear-chic at Balenciaga.

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Balenciaga Designer: Alexander Wang

  • "New York golden boy Alexander Wang on Thursday stamped his own 'footprint' on the fabled Balenciaga label, in one of Paris fashion week's most keenly anticipated shows." [AFP]
  • "The super-short, sexy dresses and skirts should appeal to the young celeb set and net the brand publicity on the red carpet, which is key to today's luxury brand-building game." [All The Rage/

    Los Angeles Times]

  • "For a moment Thursday morning, Paris let go of its burden of being the place where fashion is taken as seriously as religion. At Balenciaga, once the most somber of all houses, it felt as if the entire city heaved a sigh of relief and cracked the tiniest smile." [The Cut/New York Magazine]
  • "There was a sense of lightness that was just perfect for Spring." [The Daily Beast]
  • "Wang has made textile experimentation a mark of his brief Balenciaga tenure: it continued with intriguing papery fabrics, resembling pressed flowers, in short tops above trousers with hips spreading like the corolla of a flower." [The Independent]
  • "This just-right Balenciaga collection from Alexander Wang on Thursday was his second in the name of the cult couturier. And as an interpretation of what the American-based designer believes in--sportswear, lightness and youthful energy--it was well done." [International Herald Tribune]
  • "This marriage of 21st-century urban sass with mid-century couture classicism was a happy one." [The Guardian]
  • "As he demonstrated in his debut show in February, Mr. Wang is good at minimizing Balenciaga’s volumes to make them work for today." [The New York Times]
  • "For Balenciaga, Alexander Wang did luxe running shorts with matching tops. This is a new direction. A label that recently led fashion trends is now part of the trendy pack" [Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal]
  • "His idea of injecting ease into the house codes is a good one, and those chic evening pieces point to a viable way forward." []
  • "The leggy chic of some of the most abbreviated cape coats and the simplest of his variations on a black tuxedo have a direct contemporary appeal." []
  • "It’s fair to say that this collection continued in the same safe territory as the first. While finding his feet at the house, he’s clearly working within its tried and tested framework of Balenciaga ideas: sportswear reimagined in a luxury way, and vice versa." [ UK]
  • "Wang seemed to relax not only the collection’s dominant structure but also its archival homage, along the way striking a lovely balance between chic and ease." [WWD]

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Balmain Designer: Olivier Rousteing

  • "Olivier Rousteing continued with his luxuriant explorations with sumptuous thick fabrics, gold ornamentation and blown up patterning." [AP]
  • "Talk about a major Zoolander moment." [The Daily Beast]
  • "Rousteing still has the folly of youth, and some chutzpah to send out garments blitzed with quite so much glitz. It paid off: there was something wholly convincing about this collection from start to finish, an exuberance and energy." [

    The Independent]

  • "Just when it seemed that the Balmain woman would only take on a sport that involved high heels, the collection took a new direction. The gilded interior of the InterContinental Paris Le Grand hotel was covered in white paper, as a symbol for the models who looked marginally less sexy." [International Herald Tribune]
  • "After last season’s exaggerated show, which was embellished to within an inch of its life, designer Oliver Rousteing eased off on the ostentations this time around. Not to fear loyal Balmain fans, there was still plenty of shimmering sequins on display and one or two football shoulder jackets." [NOWFASHION]
  • "Heavy chains, denim off-the-shoulder minis, and lots of black and white patterns recalled Peter Lindbergh photos, while sheer crystal-embellished skirts and sexy minis are made for today's PYTs." [POPSUGAR Fashion]
  • "There’s a thin divide between flashy and trashy. Olivier Rousteing‘s rousing collection for Balmain today was sexy and loud and perfectly tailored for the woman who wants attention." [Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal]
  • "Overalls at Balmain? Two years ago, when Olivier Rousteing stepped into his creative director role, it was bling, baby, bling. But after a Fall show that often landed on the wrong side of audacious, Rousteing is reconsidering the house's signature intense beading." []
  • "Being relaxed is a relative term in the Balmain world, and the image Rousteing is pushing, even for day, does have its Azzedine Alaïa–meets–Gianni Versace eighties reference points." []
  • "This was definitely a much more fun and easy collection from Rousteing and those dresses were ready to be taken out for cocktail hour circa 1983 as Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s 'Relax' played out." [ UK]
  • "Only in the spectacularly conspicuous world of Balmain could baby-blue quilted leather trousers with giant gold buttons and a matching, pearl-studded blouse qualify as restrained." [WWD]

Rick Owens Designer: Rick Owens

  • "The joy the dancers brought to the runway, and the joy Owens brought to the dancers by giving them the experience of a lifetime? That was priceless." [All The Rage/

    Los Angeles Times]

  • "It was young, gifted and black all the way during Rick Owens' spirited spring-summer 2014 Paris fashion show." [AP]
  • "What better way to react to the recent criticism about lack of diversity on the runway? Rick Owens's show was a celebration of real women." [The Daily Beast]
  • "the clothes were secondary to the incredible energy of the women, who nearly got up in the faces of the front-row editors. The show’s free spirit certainly reflected Mr. Owens’s open approach to fashion." [The New York Times]
  • "There are runway shows and then there are runway shows, and for Spring 2014, Rick Owens put on a show!" [POPSUGAR Fashion]
  • "His runway show was emotional, entertaining--and also entirely wearable." [Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal]
  • "A performance that was as spectacularly synchronized and spotlighted as a Busby Berkeley celluloid set piece from the golden age of Hollywood." []
  • "Rick Owens called his collection Vicious. Well, there is another word for it too: Major." []
  • "Rick Owens: Girl Power. Real and raw, with no trace of sugar-coated cartoon superheroines. That was the main takeaway from Rick Owens’ heart-pumping, foot-stomping, awe-inspiring show." [WWD]