Paris Fashion Week SS16: Alexander Wang's last collection for Balenciaga

Paris Fashion Week SS16: Alexander Wang's last collection for Balenciaga

Swan song

Text: Norman Tan

After three years at the helm, Alexander Wang saved his best for last with a final show painted in ethereal shades of cream and ivory

End of a chapter: It must be a hard gig to follow in the footsteps of Nicolas Ghesquière —the universally lauded former creative director of Balenciaga who, since his departure, has reinvigorated the house of Louis Vuitton with his inherent instinct for creating covetable collections. And, in restrospect, Alexander Wang appears to have felt the weight from that burdensome expectation, pushing out pieces over his three-year tenure at Balenciaga that tried to honour the maison's rich history while respecting his American street wear sensibilities.

The final collection: Refreshingly, Wang's swan song was an effortless parade of ivory and cream slips, shifts and separates crafted from flighty natural fabrics — cotton, linen and thin voile — whimsically embellished with ruching and ruffles, and all anchored with embroidered lace slippers. Talk about ending on a high note; it was undeniably the designer's strongest collection for French luxury house.

Favourite look: The full-length silk dress (look 12) with a sleeveless floral lace bodice and cascading ruffle skirt fluttering with unhemmed edges — delectable loungewear elevated for the red carpet. 

Model behaviour: Peppered inbetween the models were Wang's friends the likes of Bella Heathcote (look 2), Riley Keough (look 5), Suki Waterhouse (look 5) and Zoë Kravitz (look 33). Real-girl pals for his final hoorah.

Buro loves: The old school 30s mini mesh handbags strapped around wrists and matched with gold and pearl chandelier earrings. Classy Wang, classy. 

To see the full collection, click on the gallery below. 

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