UPDATE: There's been a lot of back-and-forth here (which you can see on the following page), but now The New York Times' Runway blog is reporting that Wang has emerged as the primary candidate for Nicolas Ghesquière's job at Balenciaga. The paper is saying an announcement could be made as early as next week, according to an anonymous source in Paris. So...it looks like this is really happening. (NYT)
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A lot of talk has been swirling since we found out about Nicolas Ghesquière's departure from Balenciaga. Who will replace him? Why is he leaving, and where is he going? Some speculate he's out to start his own company, and Cathy Horyn suspects he jumped ship because of "matters like financing and a more commercial tone to some of Balenciaga’s lines," and that "his concerns were being insufficiently addressed by the PPR chairman, François-Henri Pinault."
But, even more exciting than all that is a recent rumor that Alexander Wang might be next up to fill the top spot at the luxury brand. It kind of makes sense — since Wang hit the scene in 2007, he's become known for his wearable yet edgy, forward-thinking designs. He might be exactly right to take Ghesquière's place. This rumor is coming from "reliable sources," but nothing's for sure until there's an official announcement. Other sources are reporting the brand is also looking at some London talent, such as Mary Katrantzou and Christopher Kane. (Grazia UK)
What do you think? Is Wang the right fit? Can he step up his street wear to compete in the luxury market?