Alexander Wang made his debut as head designer at Balenciaga this morning in Paris. Admittedly, we have been intrigued by the idea that Wang might elevate his aesthetic to something beyond the casually cool downtown style of his own label. After taking a visit to the newly revamped Balenciaga archives, Wang opted for a minimalist, monochrome and tailored F/W 2013-14 collection, playing on classic house shapes (curved hems, sloped shoulders). Other than the luxurious, crisp and buyer friendly origami pleated black dresses, utilitarian oxford blouse and simple trousers, it was the cracked, embroidered leather and marbled fur demanding our attention; the last was paired with laser cut lace trousers for a super textured look. Wang also offered a nice selection of boots and pumps, as well as a box clutch with a solitary silver clasp. Cathy Horyn tweeted “a solid debut” to mark the inevitable shifting point in the globalizing fashion scene; I faithfully look forward to the brand Balenciaga might become with the backing of the entire Asian market.