10 Things We're Excited About for AW13 Womenswear

As the New York shows kick off, here's what we're looking forward to during the next month of full-on fashion

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ALEXANDER WANG'S DEBUT AT BALENCIAGA
The talking point of the season, other than John Galliano's residency at Oscar de la Renta's studio. Wang will present his vision of Balenciaga in Paris on Thursday 28th February.

ESTABLISHING VOCABULARIES
After strong debuts from Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent and Raf Simons at Dior, we're can't wait for their follow-up collections. This is the story of two key fashion legacies unfolding.

VINE APP
The new Instagram is not even a fortnight old but already it's proving addictive. Looping, six second videos are the nower-than-now.

NEW FACES
Dazed's casting director Noah Shelley of AM Casting is always on the money with the girls who'll make an impact this season. But we're not sharing our secrets – yet!

SHOW PONIES
At menswear – and then couture – A$AP Rocky made clear his style intentions. Who'll give the editors competition in show appearances during womenswear?

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BANK OF SCOTLAND
PPR has acquired 51% of Christopher Kane's label, as they did with Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney back in the early 00s. This means, definitively, that Kane is being prepped as the next British superbrand. We're looking forward to his first collection since the announcement.

IF YOU WANT TO GET AHEAD, GET A HAT
Blitz icon Stephen Jones is having a well-deserved moment. Fashion's favourite milliner, not just for his own line but collaborations through the A-Z of designers, including Gaultier, Mugler, Dior, Comme des Garçons, Alaïa and Marc Jacobs, Jones also created Westwood's iconic tweed crown, as worn by Sara Stockbridge. This season the nicest man in fashion lends his name to the Headonism installation during London, endorsing a new generation of UK headwear talent. Aside from his next few weeks of catwalk cameos, he has curated the new issue of A Magazine Curated By too.

SET IT OFF
Catch up with our Joy of Sets feature from the February issue of Dazed for the story on how catwalk environment is more crucial than ever. Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton and Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel always wow with their expansions of narrative. We're looking forward to seeing what's up their sleeves for AW13.

TANKED UP
In London, the Topshop venue is an anchorpoint. This time round they've outdone themselves, confirming the Tanks at Tate Modern, sure to create a fashion 'moment' or two, hosting designers such as Claire Barrow, Ryan Lo and Ashley Williams for Fashion East, Lucas Nascimento, Louise Gray, Meadham Kirchhoff and Richard Nicoll.

THE ABOUT TURN
Rei Kawakubo at Comme des Garçons and Miuccia Prada are known for their 'year zero' approach to designing collections, disrupting the lineage of what's come before to intrepidly do whatever they feel like. Expect the unexpected.

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