When a new designer takes on the reigns at a fashion label, it's common that the first collection they show is for a smaller audience in a more intimate setting to safeguard against the hype machine. However, Alexander Wang seemed to be the type of designer that'd be used to big shows; his own label's NYFW show presents to a giant audience and is one of the most well-attended and well-promoted events each season.
However, Balenciaga is sending a message with its first Alexander Wang-helmed "introductory season," putting the focus on the clothing and the melding of design perspectives, rather than the personalities behind it. A Balenciaga spokesperson told WWD that the setting will be in a "salon-style format" and will be for a much smaller audience than the ones it usually shows in the Crillon hotel or its own showroom. Stay tuned for our review of the show on February 28.