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ARTICLE CHRISTOPHER BARNARD

PHOTOGRAPHY PHILIPPE VOGELENZANG

STYLIST BRANDON MAXWELL

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TOM BRADY

SPACE ODYSSEY

BALENCIAGA BOUND

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Hair Wesley O’Meara for Bangstyle (The Wall Group)  Grooming Kristin Gallegos for Laura Mercier (CLM)  Models Eric Thai and Victor Norlander (Ford)  Digital Technician Toto Cullen  Photo Assistants Pavel Woznicki and Janneke de Jong  Stylist Assistant Hayley Pisaturo  Location MetroDaylight Studio

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BALENCIAGA BOUND

PHOTOGRAPHY PHILIPPE VOGELENZANG
FASHION BRANDON MAXWELL
TEXT CHRISTOPHER BARNARD

AFTER YEARS OF PLAYING THE YOUNG FASHION PHENOM, ALEXANDER WANG TAKES THE REINS AT BALENCIAGA

Alexander Wang’s ascension to the helm of Balenciaga, other than causing some welcome fashion fervor during the winter doldrums, has put the recent collections for his own label into sharp focus as prognosticators begin to place odds on what direction he will take. It’s important to begin that search where departing designer Nicolas Ghesquière left off. His Spring 2013 collection is an austere exploration of proportions mixed with futuristic cool (seen here in black), a hallmark of the brand. As for what Wang will bring to Paris is excitingly up in the air, but if his Spring collection for his high-end eponymous line, Alexander Wang, is any portent, expect the kind of artful restraint that’s indicative of maturity. “There definitely was this idea of ‘cleaning up’ this season, everything from the seams, to the details to the overall idea of our guy,” says the 29-year-old designer. “The attitude hasn’t changed, we just like exploring different ways to convey it.” Wang has always designed in the language of the street, which, for his man, is hoodies, sporty separates, and now-signature shorts. “We took all of the utilitarian functions we love and tried to evoke them in more of a quiet and seamless way,” he says. “The pockets and details are meant to blend in and almost disappear within the garments.” All to clean effect, but ironic given that Wang himself is doing everything but disappear.

EXTRA CREDITS

Hair Wesley O’Meara for Bangstyle (The Wall Group)  Grooming Kristin Gallegos for Laura Mercier (CLM)  Models Eric Thai and Victor Norlander (Ford)  Digital Technician Toto Cullen  Photo Assistants Pavel Woznicki and Janneke de Jong  Stylist Assistant Hayley Pisaturo  Location MetroDaylight Studio

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SISLEY GETS REAL BACKSTAGE: COSTUME NATIONAL MAJOR MEN\'S MOMENTS FROM LONDON DIJON DU JOUR
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