Alexander Wang went for round two with this second collection since being appointed the creative director of Balenciaga. And instead of securing a small, intimate space to showcase his work, the New York designer has presented the line in a way that's accessible to all and does justice to the intricacies of the garments — a lookbook with rearview mirrors. Yes, the resort collection is just as beautiful from the 45-degree angle, and Wang wants you to truly appreciate it.
Inspired by the Crisótbal Balenciaga archives from Getaria, Spain, each piece of the collection is structured in an unexpected way: drop-waist dresses drop at the thighs instead, suits cut off at capri length, and exaggerated shoulders hunch so high, it's practically a shrug. In addition, the white and black (with just a bit of gray) color palette perfectly translates the sexy, sleek, and daring Balenciaga woman's style for a resort-like setting — tanks with capes, bra tops with winged draping, and chic straw hats that dip practically to the nose, in particular, hit the mark.
Of course, with the help of the mirror-filled lookbook images — a genius little move, we say — we were able to spot all the special details that make Wang's sophomore collection quite a standout one. Click ahead for the entire Balenciaga resort '14 collection, in (practically) 360 views.
Photo: Courtesy of Balenciaga