I had already viewed and loved Alexander Wang’s namesake resort 2016 collection when I first laid eyes on his beautiful Balenciaga’s resort 2016 show. First thoughts were how easily he has adapted into his Balenciaga post, along the way gathering higher technical skills and enlarging his silhouette repertoire.
Wang’s two women have succinctly different aesthetics, with his own line derived from his knack for zeroing in on street style trends, and giving them a one up, while the Balanciaga woman has a more elegant and sophisticated vibe. She too is a risk taker, yet in a more refined, feminine manner. Or are the two women so divergent? Could they be the day and night, the yin and yang versions of a similar woman? Would the Balenciaga woman wear Alexander Wang when in the mood to play with the edgier side of her personality?
Wang’s trademark collection let go of some of the goth street energy of his fall collection, infusing resort with an urban feel and lightness, albeit with a slight tough girl attitude. Maintaining the perfect tension between masculine and feminine. There was a strapless LBD layered over a white tee (stamped with QR codes, that when scanned took you to his e-commerce site) that gave the look a cool edge. Also included was a classic trench, t-shirts dresses, grommeted tops and slip dresses, all infused with a bit of tough-girl vibe. A sure must have will be his Trap jean, (new for Wang) crop-flared denim pant!
At Balenciaga’s, Wang worked with the concept, “couture from the inside out” resulting in a lighter, airier, extremely beautiful and wearable collection. Continuing his exploration of Cristóbal’s mid-century shapes were peplum tops and jackets, structured strapless and v neck frocks. As vogue.com nicely describes, “a gathered peplum waists echoing Cristóbal Balenciaga’s iconic sophisticated babydoll dresses; only these were created not by crinoline or horsehair stuffing but by technological advancements in pattern cutting.
As a vacationing woman, as is Balenciaga’s, they will hit the beach in finely boned swimwear — one chic bicolored zip front malliot can easily double as a top — with branded towels (worn as a scarf above). Or, they can put those towels to better use and intricately wrap, tuck and tie themselves as in the black-and-white floral-printed strapless dress made of blended cotton terry and silk.
Both of Wang’s collections, although ultimately different in aesthetic, certainly share common themes of being both superb, relatable and wearable!
Left side – Balenciaga Resort 2016. Right side – Alexander Wang Resort 2016
We’re Not Done Yet
It’s about time one of the most recognizable, beautiful, and beloved super models gets her own Vogue cover. In July we’ll not only get to see Cara grace the pages of Vogue (we’ve all seen that), she will also share her thoughts on life, love and being a rebel. Cara also will disclose her future plans for modeling and life.
Cara Delevingne photographed by Patrick Demarchelier wearing a Prada dress.
More Looks from her July Vogue Spread.
Cara Delevingne photographed by Patrick Demarchelier wearing a Giambattista Valli turtleneck, skirt, and boots.
Cara Delevingne photographed by Patrick Demarchelier wearing a Rodarte dress.