The young wunderkind has scaled his own brand, known for its off-duty model aesthetic, and has become creative director of the storied French house – Balenciage.
Wang debuted his first runway collection for Autumn/Winter 2007 at New York Fashion Week. The response was immediate. Anna Wintour, a key supporter, soon mobilised her influence to bring attention to the young designer. In 2008, Wang received the top award from the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund, a sum of $200,000. In 2009, he was announced as the winner of the Swarovski Womenswear Designer of the Year, and as the winner of the Swiss Textiles Award.
Alexander Wang now produces both men’s and women’s collections, diffusion line T by Alexander Wang for men and women, footwear, and accessories. In 2011, Wang’s entry into menswear was noted by GQ, who named him Best Menswear Designer.
You could sense Wang’s urban emphasis and fabric-innovation focus in his latest collection.
Black, burgundy and navy, separates dominate the collection with an easy matching and mixing philosophy. Color blocking is embraced for tops that give the collection a graphic punch. Meanwhile leather is reworked providing for a tire-like surface and the ultimate edge to a dark spring collection.
His main point of differentiation is the material development; glazed raffia that approximated tweed and a foam-injected fabric repeating tire treads.
Slim utility pants, lengthened shorts, digital tie-dye-print knitwear, hybrid sweater-shirts, backpacks, and zip-front boots lined in orange like classic bomber jackets established a Wang travel wardrobe of sorts.
This is the first time he has designed a baseball cap available for purchase.
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