What Would Myrtle Think of Alexander’s Balenciaga?

Self proclaimed fashionista Mrytle Snow went out on like a BOSS on the season finale of the surprisingly fashionable American Horror Story: Coven. The elder witch was being unceremoniously burned at the stake for the second time in as many months, but this time, she used her last breath in the mortal world to apparently pay homage to her favorite fashion brand by screaming, wait for it…

Myrtle at the stake

Myrtle at the stake

…yup, Balenciaga. So as a tribute to Myrtle, who is probably entertaining the nether realm with quippy one-liners about their fashion faux pas, I thought it fitting that we take a peek at the storied fashion house under the Creative Direction of Alexander Wang. Known for his urban rock-n-roll chic, the young Taiwanese-American designer took the reins from Nicolas Ghesquière in December 2012, and so far his first two women’s collections have been met with widespread acclaim.

Alex Wang for Balenciaga A/W13

Alex Wang for Balenciaga AW13

The AW13 debut collection was praised as “solid” by industry insiders. Tweeted recently departed Fashion Critic of the New York Times, Cathy Horyn, “Alexander Wang steps up to Balenciaga with a solid debut that plays on classic shapes in a modern, minimizing way. Great textures too.” And ELLE Editor-in-Chief, Lorraine Candy, called the collection a ‘powerful statement’ and said it looked clean, modern and importantly wearable.

Alexander Wang for Balenciaga SS14

Alexander Wang for Balenciaga SS14

In advance of showcasing his second women’s collection at the helm of Balenciaga, Wang stated, “Last season was the prologue to my first steps at the house, looking at the codes, and this time I wanted to inject a sense of ease and sportswear into it.” And so he did, creating a light and clean collection full of sporty reference, while injecting a little of the Alexander urban ethos for good measure. However, when pressed about the differences between his namesake label and the Balenciaga line, he stated, “There’s an extreme difference. “Mine is deconstruction and irreverence, and Balenciaga is precision and balance.”

While there are marked contrasts between the two collections, I do see a few similarities creeping in, especially for these two looks. What do you think?

As for Myrtle, she revered couture so I’m not sure how she would respond to the Balenciaga turn, but if I had to guess – I think she is plotting her escape from the land down under…no, further under…to ensure that this situation doesn’t become “just like Halston when he sold his brand to JC Penney.”

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