Alexander Wang’s Successor at Balenciaga Revealed: Meet Designer Demna Gvasalia

News that Alexander Wang was leaving Balenciaga after three years was big, followed only in buzz-value by who would be brought on to fill the empty creative director role. The question has finally been answered, with sources confirming to WWD that Demna Gvasalia was the new heir. The designer had previously worked at Maison Martin Margiela and Louis Vuitton before launching his own label with his brother, Vêtements (which he’ll continue working on while at Balenciaga).

“I am extremely honored and excited to be given the opportunity to bring my creative vision to Balenciaga, a house with such an exceptional history of pushing the boundaries of modernity in fashion,” Gvasalia told WWD. “I am looking forward to further [expand] the DNA of the house and, together with the team, to write a new chapter in its history.”

“We really wanted somebody that has a vision, and someone capable of reshuffling the cards,” Balenciaga CEO and president Isabelle Guichot explained. “I was really amazed by his ability to develop an approach to the brand that was really new and that was really his own.”

Gvasalia will present his first Balenciaga collection in March at Paris Fashion Week.

The designer was educated at Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts, carries a master’s degree in fashion design, and has tasted success with Vêtements (Kanye West and Jared Leto both attended shows). As it seems, he’s also won over some key American figures too.

“There is a need in fashion to take a new direction in a modern way, and Demna has shown himself to be more than capable of that,” Anna Wintour told The New York Times. “He’s very talented and the flavor of the moment, so in my view a wonderful choice.”


Vêtements spring 2016


Vêtements spring 2016

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