PARIS – Alexander Wang’s Autumn Winter 2013 debut collection for luxury fashion label Balenciaga has been praised as a ‘solid debut’ by fashion industry pundits.

Alexander Wang for Balenciaga Autumn Winter 2013 DECOR
Alexander Wang’s debut collection for Balenciaga AW13. Images: Showbit

Alexander Wang replaced Nicolas Ghesquière as creative director of French luxury brand Balenciaga at the end of last year and showed his first pieces for the company at Paris Fashion Week. Minimalism and monochrome ruled his show, but the less-is-more approach seemed to impress the lucky few invited to attend.

“Alexander Wang steps up to Balenciaga with a solid debut that plays on classic shapes in a modern, minimizing way. Great textures too. (sic),” tweeted Cathy Horyn, fashion critic for the New York Times.

“Promising Balenciaga debut by Alexander Wang: clean, simple, modern, respectful. Interesting shapes and textures. Good boots and a new bag (sic),” Harper’s Bazaar UK added.

Despite sticking to classic colours and shapes, Wang played around with texture. Cleverly-placed leather, origami pleats and steel fastenings spiced up simple pieces. Detail was intricate and somewhat misleading, according to Horyn.

“Even up close it was tough to identify fabrics at Balenciaga. What looked like crackled leather was a knit. Plastic-like dots, embroidery (sic),” she wrote on Twitter.

All in all, Wang stayed true to the fashion house’s aesthetic, keeping the iconic curved hems and sloping shoulders. The only deviation from the classic black and white colour theme was a splash of green fur, maintaining the key trends seen throughout this season’s fashion weeks.

Make-up was kept low-key, with models sporting pale skin and lips, while hair was accessorised with wide tulle headbands.

A marble effect featured on the show’s exclusive invitations and also on some of the key pieces. The linear pattern of the stone was shown on coats, knitwear and feminine lacy jeans.