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Paris Fashion Week Fall 2013: A closer look at Alexander Wang's first Balenciaga collection

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Paris Fashion Week Fall 2013: A closer look at Alexander Wang's first Balenciaga collection

Runway pics from Balenciaga Fall 2013, at the Balenciaga showroom.

After the surreal beauty and frenzy of the Chanel show at the Grand Palais, ELLE Quebec's Denis and I hopped on the metro, then grabbed a cab to get to our Balenciaga showroom appontment. (When we gave the driver the address, he said "Balenciaga? Oui." Different world, friends.) Showroom visits, or re-sees, are one of my favourite parts of Fashion Week. You get to really see the collection, touch the fabric, hear in detail about the inspiration and technical processes for each piece.  I always leave them feeling freshly in love with fashion. I was particularly excited to see this collection up close.  Balenciaga is always one of the most anticipated shows at Paris Fashion Week, but this season hit 11 on the buzz meter—tongues have been wagging since November when designer Nicolas Ghesquière left his post, and New York wonder boy  Alexander Wang was tapped to replace him. Wang's first collection was a success—he was inspired by marble, which resulted in a sober chic palette of black, white and grey, and some absolutely amazing innovative fabrics and textures. Let's take a look. Click through to read the full post & see more pics!

This fabric showed up throughout the collection on jackets, skirts and sweaters. It's a jersey knit that's been coated with white acrylic paint, then stretched by hand to create the cracked texture.

This is how it looked in one of the runway ensembles. Neat how it mirrors the cracked marble look of the floor too.

Photo by ImaxTree.com.

Close-up of the piped squiggle design that also popped up throughout the collection.

The squiggle, all super chic on the runway.

 Photo by ImaxTree.com.

Amazing shoes, also with a marble motif.

No shortage of possible It bags. I especially love this elegant forest green one.

Oh, and these too....

Inside the showroom, in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area of Paris, near the famed Café de Flore where Fitzgerald and Hemingway wrote and hung out. Imagine coming to work here every day? So beautiful!

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