The Pre-AW15 season of Balenciaga has seen Alexander Wang channel the grand master of couture, Cristobal Balenciaga, into beautiful yet wearable fashion for the 21st century. After 3 years at the helm, Wang is definitely stamping a beautiful mark. Balenciaga has been a leader in the field of women's fashion design for almost 200 years. The House of Balenciaga has always embodied Parisian elegance, epitomized by its founder Cristobal Balenciaga who was hailed as 'The Couturier of Couturiers' by designer Christian Dior. This season, Alexander Wang is inspired by the aristocratic clientele that frequented Cristobal Balenciaga’s original atelier. In fact the Spanish royal family and the aristocracy actually wore his designs, but the Spanish Civil War forced him to close his stores and Balenciaga moved to Paris. "The society women, the aristocrats, the regal women." Alexander Wang said he started working on his new Balenciaga collection by thinking about Cristóbal's original clientele. This influence is reflected in luxurious jacquard and woven silk fabrics and signature metallic detailing. There is also a distinct Oriental influence in this collection; kimono-style shirting and a spray jacquard short-sleeve and long-sleeve shirt that were main features in the runway show. Many of the beautiful skirts and other tailored separates feature "spray paint" jacquards, as if they'd been tagged by a graffiti star which definitely gives it some street cred, literally. The Terrazo pencil skirt is a marble print and it is definitely one of this season’s highlights. The standout shoes include a Stiletto ankle boot with silver studs as well as stylish Brogues, also with silver studs. The Arena Envelope bags are a must-have for AW15. They are metallic edged and come in either silver or gold hardware. The Arena Pouches with a zip and tassles are beautiful and also come in silver or gold hardware. Parlour X also has the Cabas and Pochette with shoulder straps and the Balenciaga logo.
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