The handicapping continues concerning which designer will be tapped to replace Nicolas Ghesquière at Balenciaga, with a French newspaper reporting that the top candidate for the job is Alexander Wang (Times fashion critic Booth Moore did a 2011 profile of the designer). The last name floated in the rumorsphere was Christopher Kane. [The Cut]
Kane was the designer of Versace's Versus diffusion line before departing earlier this month. Instead of replacing him with a single designer, the company opted to go with a revolving roster. The company announced Thursday that the first on deck will be London-based designer Jonathan Anderson.
The announcement included the following brief biography of Anderson: "Born in Northern Ireland in 1984, Jonathan William Anderson studied menswear at the London College of Fashion, Graduating in 2005. He launched the J.W. Anderson fashion label in 2008 with a men's collection which several years later was accompanied by a women's collection. Jonathan won the Emerging Talent Award for Ready-to-Wear at the 2012 British Fashion Awards."
The collection, which is expected to launch at a New York presentation in March or April 2013, will include women's and men's ready-to-wear and accessories. [Versus]