“Anyone can get all dressed up and glamorous, but it is how people dress in their off days, that are the most intriguing.” It’s during these in-between, wayward days when a person’s true style emerges from their everyday life, forming the basis of Alexander Wang’s collection…where clean, classic, luxurious and refined silhouettes are introduced to an urban street provocative ideal. Like the collection itself, the girls he dresses stand out, but not in the obvious ways…more like the black sheep in a crowd – inspiring, surprising and slightly mysterious. The directive in Alex’s vision is upholding your own individuality, and breaking the conventional idea of a predictable “uniform.” A tee shirt and jeans can be just as sexy and stylish as an evening gown. The ways in which his clothes are unabashedly styled and worn are as imperative to him as the clothes themselves. Alex’s love for contrasts is reflected throughout the collection with juxtaposing notes of street and luxe, sexy versus androgyny, and where vagabond meets a street-smart modernist.
As a Native Californian, Alex was born and raised in San Francisco and has a Chinese-American family heritage. At the age of 18, he moved to New York City where he attended Parsons Design School and partook in a variety of internships. By his sophomore year, Alex was already designing the first collection of his label Alexander Wang, which was predominately knits. He launched his full womens collection in 2007, selling internationally to over 150 boutiques and retail stores. Now at 24, Alex resides in New York City’s Lower Eastside, where there is never a shortage of inspiration in music, life, reality and culture. In 2008, Alexander Wang was recognized by the fashion industry with the Ecco Domani Emerging Designer Award, and most recently, by his peers, with a nomination for the 2008 CFDA Swarovski Womens Wear Designer of the Year Award.
Runway highlights from Alexander Wang at Fashion Week New inYork, Spring 2009.
Runway highlights from Alexander Wang Collection