Newsmaker of the Year: The Candidates
Photo by Steve Eichner
The winner, selected by WWD editors, will be published Dec. 16.
ALEXANDER WANG TITLE: Creative directorCOMPANY: Alexander Wang and BalenciagaNEWS THIS YEAR: Just about a month after Nicolas Ghesquière exited Balenciaga, Alexander Wang, then 28, was named his successor. The media loved painting Wang as an unlikely candidate for the job, zeroing in on him as a T-shirt designer assuming the reins at a storied French couture house, which Ghesquière had revived as a bastion of experimental, highly influential fashion during his 15-year tenure.In reality, Wang designs much more than T-shirts for his own collection, which he launched in 2005 and which quickly became a driving force in the contemporary market. His dynamic street aesthetic connected with a passionate customer, putting the company in rapid growth mode over the last two years. Its 16th store opened in Tokyo last month.  For More

Newsmaker of the Year: The Candidates

Photo by Steve Eichner

The winner, selected by WWD editors, will be published Dec. 16.

ALEXANDER WANG

TITLE:
Creative director

COMPANY: Alexander Wang and Balenciaga

NEWS THIS YEAR: Just about a month after Nicolas Ghesquière exited Balenciaga, Alexander Wang, then 28, was named his successor. The media loved painting Wang as an unlikely candidate for the job, zeroing in on him as a T-shirt designer assuming the reins at a storied French couture house, which Ghesquière had revived as a bastion of experimental, highly influential fashion during his 15-year tenure.

In reality, Wang designs much more than T-shirts for his own collection, which he launched in 2005 and which quickly became a driving force in the contemporary market. His dynamic street aesthetic connected with a passionate customer, putting the company in rapid growth mode over the last two years. Its 16th store opened in Tokyo last month.  For More

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