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Balenciaga's Alexander Wang makes his own mark

New York golden boy Alexander Wang on Thursday stamped his own "footprint" on the fabled Balenciaga label in one of the most keenly anticipated shows of Paris fashion week. 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 keen to use his second show to express his personality.

Balenciaga's Alexander Wang makes his own mark

New York golden boy Alexander Wang on Thursday stamped his own "footprint" on the fabled Balenciaga label in one of the most keenly anticipated shows of Paris fashion week. Among the hottest names in fashion, 29-year-old 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 had been keen to use his second show to express his own personality.

Wang goes for 'modern elegance' in Balenciaga debut at Paris fashion

New York fashion star Alexander Wang on Thursday presented his much anticipated first show for Balenciaga with a collection praised by his new boss as "elegance, modernity (and) structure". In one of the shows of the week, Wang paid homage to founder Cristobal Balenciaga in what he modestly described as a "prologue". Wang, one of the hottest names in US fashion who also has his own label, was announced last December as the replacement for Nicolas Ghesquiere whose surprise departure came after 15 years with the French fashion house.

Book Talk: New book lifts veil on fashion designer Balenciaga

By Erin Geiger Smith NEW YORK, Feb 7 (Reuters) - When author Mary Blume moved from New York to Paris in the early 1960's, a friend introduced her to Florette Chelot, the top saleswoman for fashion designer Cristobal Balenciaga. The friendship that developed with Chelot was the initial impetus for Blume's new book, "The Master of Us All," which borrows its title from designer Christian Dior's description of Balenciaga.
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