Alexander Wang was ''extremely excited'' ahead of his first showcase for Balenciaga today (28.02.13).

The New York-based designer impressed with the critics with his simple-yet-stunning designs at Paris Fashion Week this morning and he admitted getting the creative director job was a dream come true.

Before the highly-anticipated show, he told Suzy Menkes: ''My first reaction was: 'I am so occupied, I give 110 per cent to my brand. Then I thought of elevating my team and being given a chance to do all those things I had at the back of my mind. I am doing something quite different from what I do [at Alexander Wang].

''I am extremely excited. I am high on life. It's a dream come true. It was a surreal experience to look at the whole archive that they had just redone. It was such an incredible tradition. I was taking things out of the box and there were a lot of personal collectibles from Cristobal, personal gifts from Vionnet. I didn't have time to go through everything.''

Nicolas Ghesquière stepped down last November after helming the brand for 15 years, with Wang being confirmed as his successor less than a month later and he says he's always been intrigued by the history of the fashion house.

He said: ''There is such an austerity to [Balenciaga] that is so integral to the house and part of its DNA. I was watching all the videos. Those shows would go on all day! It was such a different world, how they are all dressed and the gowns they would wear on a daily basis just to go to dinner. [Cristobal Balenciaga] was always such a mystery. He managed to give the perception that he might be very private. The great thing about that is that there is a whole unknown side of yourself. I know about me - but I save myself for my friends.''