Strong, classic and elegant. Those are the three perfect words to describe Balenciaga´s latest menswear campaign. For the fall/winter season, the Spanish luxury brand decided to share their most recent collection in a very simple but unique way. Photographed by Josh Olins, Balenciaga´s newest campaign portrays pieces with very strong silohuettes and a very modern edge.
Christmas with Mr. Carter?! Jay-Z‘s latest collaboration is a holiday campaign, called “A New York Holiday” for the infamous Barneys holiday gallery space! Barneys typically worked with big names each year – with Lady Gaga making reigns two years ago and Disney just last year.
“If you close your eyes and think about who best represents New York and stands for the city, you can’t help but think about Shawn Carter,” Barneys CEO Mark Lee told WWD.
Jay-Z comments, “Everything that encompasses ‘A New York Holiday’ . . . represents a perfect example of a unique and groundbreaking collaboration that I hope demonstrates how inspiring New York has been to me.”
The collaboration will also include a limited edition collection designed by Jay-Z, including watches and a humidor, along with items from Balenciaga, Lanvin, Balmain, Proenza Schouler, and Rick Owens.
The collection will be available on November 20. A quarter of all proceeds will go to the Shawn Carter Foundation.
Image via Hypebeast
If you haven’t checked out our Anniversary issue yet with all the runway trends like the #ClassicCombo translating right onto street style with bloggers like Hannah Beth, Andreas Wijk, Blake Scott, and Sazan Barzani check it out here: ‘I Don’t Give a Fashion’ Anniversary issue
As for the timeless show stopping #ClassicCombo it’s high-impact, powerful, and sophisticated in an air of grace and unmistakable perfection defines the result of the color block that is black and white and trendy all over.
Now that we’ve seen it on the runway, seen it on the streets, here are some killer pieces that are total #MustHaves for the #ClassicCombo all under $200!!!
1. Kitsch Panther Earring set; $7.99
2. Ban.do Twist Scarf; $20
3. Denim of Virtue Snapback; $45
4. Kitsch Wishbone Friendship Bracelet; $15.99
5. Signorelli Infinite Tank; $36
6. Signorelli Lust Tank; $36
7. Signorelli Possible Tank; $36
8. Earnest Sewn Oil Slick; $125
9. Level 99 Dahlia Flare; 120
10. Denim of Virtue Eskimo; $178
Balenciaga’s Creative Director, Alexander Wang has proven that fashion can come together with technology and help a great cause. Wang has teamed up with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. to design a bag using the Galaxy Note II. The bag is a drawstring lambskin backpack with leather corners featuring a black and gray print retailing for $550. The bag is called the Alexander Wang Wallie Gym Sack. The print was designed by Wang’s fellow designers, photographers, and stylists by sketching on the mobile device, to ‘capture the energy of New York City.’ This collaboration is helping to provide funds for NYC Youth Charity Art Start, a charity that nourishes the talents of underprivileged children and the youth in New York.
It seems like today is a whirlwind of surprising fashion news. First it was American Apparel’s acquisition of Oak NYC, and now it’s the much-anticipated release of Alexander Wang’s Balenciaga bags! While it’s old news that Wang is the new creative director of the European fashion house (which was initially quite the shock), the public debut of his first ever Balenciaga signature handbag line has brought back to life back the intriguing emotions from December.
Rather than executing his trademark downtown-chic designs, Wang presents his Balenciaga clientele with structured handbags—very proper and simplistic with gold-clasp finishes. This makes a statement for the future of both his labels, and has us wide eyed for more.
With a price range set between $995-$2250, these signature Le Dix collection bags showcase the fusion of Balenciaga’s traditional French aesthetic with Alexander’s minimalistic style.
How do you feel about the latest handbags?
Photos VIA Refinery29
The fashion world certainly takes the sweep this week with lawsuits. A new lawsuit is in the midst: Balenciaga is reportedly suing their former creative director, Nicolas Ghesquière after his controversial interview with System Magazine.
During the interview, he spoke freely about the difficulties of his former job, “It all became so dehumanized. Everything became an asset for the brand, trying to make it ever more corporate—it was all about branding. I don’t have anything against that; actually, the thing that I’m most proud of is that Balenciaga has become a big financial entity and will continue to exist. But I began to feel as though I was being sucked dry, like they wanted to steal my identity while trying to homogenise things. It just wasn’t fulfilling anymore”.
Kering (formerly PPR), Balenciaga’s parent company, is reported to be in talks suing Ghesquière for “breach of confidentiality”.
Rumors of Nicolas Ghesquière’s next whereabouts is still left unanswered as there are rumors of him starting his own line and in “negotiations” to succeed Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton!
Stay with us for the deets!
It’s about time…!
The fashion genius behind the House of Balenciaga for over 15 years is on the toes of his return to the industry. After stepping down as the head of the Parisian mega house late last year, eventually being proceeded by American design star Alexander Wang, Ghesquiére is now in talks with multiple investors to head his own namesake, reports Alexa of the New York Post. Alexa spills the beans on rumors that Ghesquiére is tossing around deals with major players such as PPR’s (Owners of Balenciaga) biggest rival LVMH (Owners of Louis Vuitton and Givenchy), Diesel, and Li & Fung. All showing that Ghesquiére is one of fashion’s hottest commodities.
Balenciaga (Nicholas Ghesquiére)
Balenciaga (Alexander Wang)
This is all appealing news for the industry, after the utter flop that was Wang’s first go at Balenciaga for Fall 2013 upon which we are sure EVERYONE and we mean EVERYONE – (PPR) are feeling the loss of Ghesquiére’s genius. The biggest take away from this is that these major companies are even considering starting a completely new designer line in this consumer climate and economy is unheard of; however if there is anyone that we believe has the charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent to take the fickle fashion industry by storm all over again it is Mr. Ghesquiére. Not to mention with support from ultra-elite fashion friends like Grace Coddington (Creative Director/VOGUE US) and Karl Lagerfeld (Creative Director/Chanel) giving you 100% support there’s no stopping the soon be take over. We definitely see a VOGUE cover upon collection number 1 and it becoming the next cult following (i.e. Riccardo Tisci). There’s no word on exactly how close Nicholas is to locking in a deal, but it won’t be long. Until then we’ll all wait with bated breath for the grand return.
ARE YOU GUYS EXCITED FOR GHESQUIERE’S RETURN??
Feel the thrill of the frill this spring, and let your inner girly-girl shine. I always love a little cha cha cha in my wardrobe, but despite the realm of flamenco dancing, and my Easter gown when I was five, ruffles have made a modern-day comeback. The 2013 take is a structured one, offering the perfect balance between maximal and minimal qualities. The new and improved ruffle works for everyone, which has heavy hitters, Gucci, Balenciaga, and Givenchy totally on board.
This spring, the fashion forecast is clearer than ever. The clear backpack and jelly sandals of the ’90s have walked its way forward to 2013, where it is now a reinvented sophisticated fad with lucite clutches and heels for rain or shine. The trend itself has been reinterpreted so that it’s not just limited to raincoats and umbrellas but ranges from plexiglass bracelets to coats that can be worn on a sunny day. Talk about fashion with function! After Charlotte Olympia’s Pandora craze last year, Balenciaga, Valentino, and Chanel all went with throwing coveted plastics into their collections. When done right, these cool, futuristic pieces can add edge to your fashionable ensemble as a clear favorite.
Alexander Wang‘s highly anticipated Balenciaga debut met fashion critics with mixed reactions. Plenty had wondered if Wang was up for the challenge of filling the creative director position at Balenciaga, and while the reactions were generally favorable, they weren’t truly ecstatic. He played it safe, but did safe show too little? Many questioned if a designer of mostly wearable, moderate-priced clothes with distinctly American designs can make the Paris grade.
Despite mixed reviews, Anna Wintour gave a nod and was generally impressed as she commented, “I’m very proud [of Wang's first collection for Balenciaga.] It was such a restrained show. I thought everything was very wearable, with obviously lots of bows to Balenciaga himself. I thought it was a very smart way to start, by not giving us too many fireworks.”
Wang’s debut collection stuck to classic heaps of black and white with his signature fitted lines and brought out some of Balenciaga’s archived traditional aesthetics. Although restrained, it did seem like Wang was trying to steer away from his own namesake brand’s designs with rounder edges, loose backs, and marble motifs that mirrored french chic in the 60s. “Dynamic movement, and pushing the archives forward to create a full wardrobe,” Wang said. “Cristobal’s shapes translated into relatable pieces — shirting, knitwear, coats and pants.”
What do you think of Wang’s debut line with Balenciaga?