Alexander Wang

IN A SURPRISING TURN OF EVENTS, THE NEW GUARDS OF FASHION HAVE BEEN STEPPING DOWN THEIR CELEBRATED POSTS

Although met with mixed reactions since his appointment, Alexander Wang bowed out of Balenciaga three years into his contract making it seem a little premature.

Before that even fully settled, Raf Simons pulled the rug from under us and announced his surprising exit from the House of Dior. If there is anything to pick up from all this is that nothing is ever certain in an industry dictated by feelings, preferences and an saversion for permanency. While the premium for luxury hasnt changed, it has since mellowed out by making time (its once upon-a-time foe) a friend. Come to think of it, there is no greater luxury than time itself. Reveling in this luxury is the comeback queen herself, Claudine Barretto. Making great strides back into the spotlight, she reclaims her place in the rungs of local show business by waiting for the right time until she was ready again. No rush, just sure-footed steps on the road to reclamation. With fashion currently marinating in a state of excess, our pages are teeming with visuals that will have you wanting more and more. In Fortune Favors The Bold and In The Lonely Hours, we highlight the season s covetables in an illusory display of (tasteful) extravagance. Whether it s stepping down from the pedestal of luxury, going outside one s norm or stripping it to its bare bones, fashion is no longer about old world materialism. Now more than ever, it has become a contention of whats essential and what matters things that dont necessarily equate to the bag or shoe of the moment.

 

Alexander Wang

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