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Rumor mill: Alexander Wang to Balenciaga?

November 29, 2012|By Adam Tschorn
  • Fashion designer Alexander Wang takes a bow during New York Fashion Week.
Fashion designer Alexander Wang takes a bow during New York Fashion Week. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles…)

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]

L.A.-based designer Monique Lhuiller celebrated the opening of her new Manhattan boutique Wednesday night, taking a socialite-heavy crowd on a tour of the two-story space, which is located in a brownstone on 71st Street between Fifth and Madison avenues. The designer wore a gold dress from her fall collection and was accompanied by her husband (and company CEO) Tom Bugbee. [WWD]  

Lindsay Lohan was arrested early Thursday morning (very early -- around 4 a.m. EST) after officials said she punched a woman in a nightclub. No word on whether the alleged punch was preceded by a critique of Lohan's recent performance in Lifetime's "Liz & Dick." [TMZ]


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