May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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New York: It seems no fashion aficionado can keep from opining about the controversial appointment of Alexander Wang as creative director of Balenciaga. Critics suggested that he may steer the label in a more “commercial” direction. Oh, the dreaded word, commercial. While some may not consider him one of fashion’s avant garde, Wang certainly knows how to create items that sell. His current Pre-Fall collection was proof. Slick black leather details gave trim coats, layered jackets, and simple dresses an edge, while gathering and asymmetrical draping added a softer counterpoint. Wang also reprised to the sporty pieces that have served him so well in seasons past. Elastic-waist cropped pants, raglan tees, and slouchy sweatshirts still looked current and desirable. They speak to the contemporary market loud and clear. The question is whether Wang can translate his message for a higher-end clientele. Fashion followers will be waiting with baited breath for the answer during the Fall collections.–Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: Three-tiered / Slouchy / Asymmetrical / Cylindrical / Tapered / Hourglass
Color: Black / Charcoal / Ivory / Heather grey / Dove grey / Dark chocolate
Key Items: Draped dresses / Tapered cropped jersey pants / Trim coats / Slouchy sweatshirts
Materials: Jersey / Leather / Wool suitings / Fluid silk crepe / Bonded sweatshirt jersey / Raw silk / Melange yarns
Print + Pattern: Pointillist ombré / Texture patterns / Fair Isle motif
Details + Trim: Leather lapels and trim / Piecing / Raglan sleeves / Gathering and draping / Elasticized waists
Accessories + Footwear: Envelope clutches / Leather backpacks / Chunky platform mules / Platform sandals
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