The Balenciaga Resort 2014 Collection began with Alexander Wang’s research trip to Guetaria, Spain, with his design team to visit the birthplace of legendary designer Cristóbal Balenciaga and the museum holding his collection. Wang interpreted the collection with soft, feminine touches, taking away the edge by adding sleek lines to the blocked off portion of the original collection. The evolution of women’s fashion is apparent in the details Wang added to the collection, such as the pants and extreme midriffs, echoing the emerging voices of women. Wang’s exaggeration of Balenciaga’s original layers and under skirts shows his awesome creativity and eye for detail.
Wang added his own brand of architecture with his eclectic arrangement of the clothing’s structure. He used ruffles at will, with no thought to formal design tradition. One can imagine how his sketchbook must have looked as he walked through the museum gaining inspiration. His remix of the classic bolero with relaxed ruffles is extraordinary. His makeover of the historical Spanish men’s dress shirt turned blouse was a centerpiece of the collection, which he fnished with hats and shoes decorated by plastic strips to give them a shaggy appearance similar to a piece from the original collection. Alexander Wang’s homage to Cristóbal Balenciaga’s legendary work is obvious in the polka dots and clam diggers, the black and white palette, the volumes, and the squiggly prints. It makes the Balenciaga Resort 2014 Collection a respectful work of art indeed.