Despite being behind some of the brand’s most fabulous campaigns – need we remind you about the double trouble sibling autumn/winter 2015 ads – designer Alexander Wang is leaving Balenciaga.

The California-born fashion designer is bidding adieu to the European, luxury fashion  house after three years at the helm. The decision is said to be a mutual one between both parties.

There is no need to panic, however, as the 31-year-old isn’t retiring from fashion altogether. Alexander Wang will be continuing to work on his namesake label, which is based in New York. Meanwhile Balenciaga is looking for a possible replacement.

While no reason has been given yet for the split, according to the New York Times, Wang is about to announce a minority investment in his own brand. Throughout his three years at Balenciaga, Wang has maintained dual roles at both fashion houses.

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Isabelle Guichot, chief executive of Balenciaga, said in a statement: “We are all at Balenciaga extremely grateful to Alexander for his important contribution to the style and history of this iconic house. The dynamic growth of the brand over the last years bears testimony to his successful creative work.”

Alexander Wang said: “I am honoured to have had the opportunity to work for this historical maison. I would like to thank the brilliant team at Balenciaga for their collaboration and for what we have accomplished together, and I am looking forward to taking my own brand to its next level of growth.” 

Wang was always a bold choice to take over Balenciaga. While he is renowned for his younger more urban audience, Balenciaga is an iconic brand with great history. Whilst, during his reign Wang produced statement pepieces cocoon coats and balloon hobble skirts – none were major smash hits.

Wang’s last show for Balenciaga will be during Paris Fashion Week on October 2. At least he can go out with a fashionable bang.