Balenciaga Pre-Spring 2014

It was back to basics — or in this case, house codes — in Alexander Wang’s first resort collection for the house of Balenciaga. The American designer took the Paris staff to the namesake couturier’s home turf, Spain’s Basque region, to view pieces not available in the Paris archives. And with research like that, a faithful interpretation of Cristóbal Balenciaga’s enduring motifs is pretty much guaranteed. Shapes were full and sculptural, colors almost entirely restricted to black and white, and patterns abstract and contrasting. And the accessories — particularly hats and shoes — were statements unto themselves, festooned with shiny vinyl shredding.

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