The Year Ahead

Most Anticipated Fashion for 2013: Anna Wintour & More (PHOTOS)

From Alexander Wang’s Balenciaga debut to Jason Wu’s new line, eight things we’re excited about in 2013.

By Isabel Wilkinson

 

From Alexander Wang’s debut for Balenciaga to Jason Wu’s new line, see the eight things we’re excited to witness this year.

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Who’s Going To Design for Schiaparelli?

The legendary fashion house, which closed its doors in 1954, has been bought by Italian businessman Diego Della Valle and is set to relaunch with a new designer in 2013. Rumors suggest that the job might fall to the London-based designer Erdem Mogliglu, or even the newly unemployed Nicolas Ghesquière. According to spokeswoman Farida Khelfa, the relaunched house will feature demi-couture. “We have to make it very now,” she told The Daily Beast. “We want to keep the spirit alive and the dream alive, but we have to find a new way.”

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Alexander Wang’s Balenciaga Debut

It was big news when Nicolas Ghesquière quickly left his job at the helm of Balenciaga in November. Where was he going—and who would replace him? After weeks of speculation, it was announced that Alexander Wang would fill his shoes. A 28-year-old Chinese-American designer, Wang has built a multibillion-dollar business in less than a decade off of a slouchy, “street-style” aesthetic. He is praised for his ability to understand what’s happening in the streets—which many think will bode well for his future at Balenciaga. He will unveil his Autumn/Winter 2013 collection for the house during Paris Fashion Week in February.

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What Will Happen to Nicolas Ghesquière?

When Nicolas Ghesquière hastily departed Balenciaga in November, the rumor mill was abuzz. Some speculated that he was freeing himself up to take over at Chanel when Karl Lagerfeld eventually retires. Others said Ghesquière is being courted by Bernard Arnault for a position at LVMH—or possibly the top job at Schiaparelli. Here’s hoping we’ll find out in the next few months.

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Jason Wu’s Bang for Your Buck

Jason Wu debuts his cheaper line, Miss Wu, exclusively for Nordstrom on Jan. 7. Already, it’s gotten heaps of attention: Michelle Obama was the first person to wear a piece from the collection on the campaign trail in October: a green checkered “modern weave” dress. As Wu told Fashionista: “The inspiration behind Miss Wu has always been chic girls with their boyfriends in the ‘60s—Marianne Faithful, Jane Birkin, these couples that were really nonchalantly chic.”

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Will Anna Wintour Make a Move?

News broke in December that Anna Wintour was reportedly in the running to be U.S. ambassador to France or the U.K. after tirelessly fundraising for President Obama on the campaign trail. She alleges that she’s happy in her jobbut the ambassadorship makes sense. Where else could she go after Vogue? And if she passes up the opportunity now, who’s to say she could land an ambassadorship during the next administration? The time seems right—and perhaps she’ll make a move in 2013.

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Prabal Gurung’s New Collaboration

It seems that anyone who’s anyone has collaborated on a lower-priced line for Target or H&M in the last year. Next comes Prabal Gurung, who unveils a new collaboration with Target on Feb. 10. And judging from early photos, it’s going to be a big hit: tailored blazers, cocktail dresses, and prints galore. The designer has said the collection is all about love—“having it, pining for it, losing it, wanting it.”

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Vionnet’s New Leaf

In August, designers Barbara and Lucia Croce left their jobs at the helm of Vionnet after less than a year—reportedly clashing with the brand’s owner, Goga Ashkenazi. The legendary house celebrated its 100th anniversary in September. Though the current collection is being handled by an in-house design team, there’s no word yet on who will replace the sister team in the future.

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The Premiere of ‘The Carrie Diaries’

One of the best parts of Sex and The City, to be sure, was the fashion. The Patricia Field-styled show set the bar high for its much-anticipated prequel, which premieres on the CW on Jan. 14. It’s too early to say if AnnaSophia Robb, who plays Carrie Bradshaw in the 1980s, has anything on SJP—but here’s hoping.