NY’s Wang named designer at Paris’ Balenciaga


NEW YORK (AP) — Young downtown designer Alexander Wang is taking over the creative direction of storied Paris fashion house Balenciaga.

The company made the announcement on Monday that 28-year-old Wang would fill the spot vacated last month by Nicolas Ghesquiere (Gehs-kee-AIR), who left after a 15-year run there.

Balenciaga’s history began with the Spanish designer Cristobal Balenciaga, a contemporary of Coco Chanel and Christian Dior, showing his first collections in Paris in 1937. He died in 1972.


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The house didn’t fully regain its footing until Ghesquiere took over in 1997 and brought critical acclaim and pop-star fans such as Beyonce and Rihanna.

Wang has a similar celebrity appeal, and he’s a favorite with fashion editors and the models who wear his cool-girl, sporty styles.

Wang will continue his New York-based signature collection.

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