Alexander Wang with models in Japan (Photo: Toru Yamanaka/AFP/File)
Paris fashion house hires hot New York designer
Published: 03 Dec 2012 15:26 GMT+01:00
Balenciaga on Monday announced the appointment of New York star Alexander Wang as its new top designer, taking over from Nicolas Ghesquière at the helm of the French fashion house.
"Balenciaga and PPR are pleased to announce the appointment of Alexander Wang to the post of Creative Director of the Balenciaga fashion house, as of today," said a joint statement from Balenciaga and its owner, the PPR luxury group.
"Alexander Wang has responsibility for designing the brand's women's and men's ready-to-wear and accessories collections, as well as for Balenciaga's image," it said.
PPR took the fashion world by surprise last month by announcing the departure of Ghesquière, its designer of 15 years, who put the historic house of Spanish designer Cristobal Balenciaga back on the fashion map in his time there.
The trade magazine Women's Wear Daily reported on Friday the choice of the 28-year-old Wang, one of the hottest names on the New York fashion scene, to succeed him.
The Christian tradition of putting up an exhibition of the birth of Jesus Christ angers strict secularists in France. Photo: Joe Raedle/AFP
Traditionalists won another victory on Monday in France's annual nativity wars as a court allowed a town hall south of Paris to keep its display on the birth of Jesus Christ that has angered secularists.
France - weather
France is set for its warmest year since 1900. But it may not be time to celebrate. Photo: Shutterstock
Barring an unlikely Arctic weather snap to end the year France will record its hottest year since 1900 with average temperatures in 2014 1.2 °C higher on than they've been for over a century.
Le Reveillon - the traditional Christmas eve "awakening" dinner in France. Bring your Gaviscon or Rennie indigestion tablets.
Christmas Eve marks the culinary highlight of the year for French families, when they settle down for "Le Reveillon", a marathon feast fit for kings (as long as they're not vegetarians) which often begins AFTER midnight mass. See what they will be gorging on in the early hours of Christmas Day.
Forensic police collect evidence outside the police station of Joue les-Tours where French were attacked by a knifeman shouting "Allahu Akbar". Photo: Guimmaume Souvant/AFP
UPDATED: Concerns in France over the threat of lone wolf terrorist attacks were heightened on Monday after two separate random attacks on police and pedestrians by men shouting “Alluha Akbar”. President François Hollande has called for the 'utmost vigilance'.
Sartene's vineyard is the only one in Europe to produce wine that's 100 percent kosher. Photo: Pascal Guyot/AFP
It was a visit to Jerusalem that inspired Frenchman Alexandre Sartene to start the world's third kosher vineyard outside Israel which, despite a rocky start, now exports as far as Brazil.
Amazon workers in the company warehouses in France “walk up to 22 kilometres a day according to calculations with a pedometer”. Photo: Andrew Yates/AFP
A major French trade union has called on Amazon workers to go on strike on Monday to demand a salary hike and better working conditions, a decision likely to have an effect on anyone in France hoping to buy last minute Christmas gifts on the online shopping portal.
Ligue 1 round-up
Marseille coach Marcelo Bielsa celebrates after his team scores against Lille on Sunday. Photo: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP
Marseille will end the year on top of Ligue 1 after beating Lille on Sunday. Marcelo Bielsa's team finish the first half of the season three points ahead of rivals PSG and two ahead of Lyon. Here's a round-up of all the latest action from Ligue 1
ER doctors are due to kick off the protest on Monday. Photo: Jean-Philippe Ksiazek/AFP
France is bracing for a major strike over the Christmas period by overworked doctors, including casualty staff and specialists, unhappy about a new health bill.
Police examine evidence after a driver ploughed into pedestrians in Dijon. Photo: Arnaud Finistre/AFP
A driver shouting "Allahu Akbar" ("God is greatest") ploughed into pedestrians in eastern France Sunday, injuring 11 of them, just a day after a man yelling the same words was killed in an attack on police officers.
Photo: Kevorks Djansezian/Getty Images/ AFP
Almost one out of every two French people now favour banning the force-feeding of geese and ducks to produce the national delicacy, foie gras, a survey showed.