Balenciaga’s Alexander Wang makes his own mark

Balenciaga’s Alexander Wang makes his own mark

PARIS - New York golden boy Alexander Wang on Thursday stamped his own "footprint" on the fabled Balenciaga label, in one of Paris fashion week's most keenly anticipated shows.

Already among the hottest names in fashion at 29, Wang's ready-to-wear spring/summer 2014 collection followed a well-received February debut for which he delved into the archives to pay tribute to founder Cristobal Balenciaga.

Speaking backstage after the show, he said that having started with "the homage" he was now keen to use his second show to express his personality.

"I wanted to... take this season to really start putting some footprint into it, making it relatable to what I thought was important and bringing some of my vocabulary of sportswear into it," he said.

The collection in a largely blue and white palette featured thigh-skimming hemlines along with tiny, high-waisted shorts teamed with midriff-baring cropped tops.

Wang highlighted the "crushed embroidery" on many pieces.

"We loved this idea of something quite organic and uncontrollable, so every piece is different from the next," he said.

Initial reaction on Twitter was broadly positive.

"Emphatically short, relentlessly young," said fashion blog IndyFashion.

"No pants? No problem!" added Wonderland Magazine of jackets worn on their own.

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