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[Ed. Note: We don't know what to make of this, or how this could possibly or logically be true, but the New York Times' Cathy Horyn is, like, scoopmaster #1, so let's just willingly suspend our disbelief and go with it, at least for a second.]
According to a late-breaking report tonight in the New York Times' "On the Runway" fashion blog, New York-based designer Alexander Wang—a darling of American Vogue, downtown hipsters, supermodels, and anyone else who likes swathing their reedy corpus in black jersey tees or sharply-cut monochrome leather straps and cutouts—is not just a candidate to helm the recently (abruptly) headless luxury Parisian fashion house Balenciaga, but he is the leading candidate.
Take a minute to let that soak in.
"Alexander Wang appears to be the leading candidate to succeed the star designer Nicolas Ghesquiere," Horyn writes, "and an announcement of his appointment could be made as early as next week."
What do you think? Does Wang have the chops to cut it in Paris as the creative director of a fashion house as storied as Balenciaga? After all, Wang is best-known for his easygoing contemporary collection—black and white stretchy made-in-China sportswear—"easy interpretations of street and athletic clothes," Horyn calls it, "like sports jerseys, parkas, and, of course, jeans and T-shirts." His garments are sold in more than 200 stores around the world.
Balenciaga, in contrast, is a legendary haute couture house that's built its reputation on brilliant innovation, exquisite cut, painstaking attention to handmade, elaborate detail—all brought to new popular heights by Nicolas Ghesquiere during his 15-year tenure at its helm. The brand is owned by luxury holding company PPR, which also owns Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, and Brioni.
To be fair, when Ghesquiere was hired as creative director of Balenciaga in 1997, at the tender age of 25, he, himself, was also a relative unknown—though he'd previously apprenticed under Jean Paul Gaultier and worked for Balenciaga designing clothes for its Japanese license. But that was then—when the fashion label was floundering, years after the founder's death, with no discernible public reputation. In 2012, it's a different story.
Do you think that Alexander Wang has the chops to take the lead at Balenciaga? Or do you think someone else should land the job? Sound off in the comments, below.