Designer du jour : ALEXANDER WANG


An amazing number of talented fashion designers have emerged from “the underground”, from the brilliant Rodarte sisters, Doo.Ri, Mike & Chris, ThreeAsFour to Ohne Titel. Yet, there are still many undiscovered designers with extraordinary talents which haven’t been widely exposed. Let’s bring those hidden gems to the surface and explore their marvelous journey surviving in this cut-throat industry. We will try to BRIEFLY feature a variety of talented individuals from various creative fields *hopefully related to fashion, art, and beauty, whose dedication and hard work could serve us as inspirations. Our very first designer “du jour” is Alexander Wang, an upcoming designer who has taken the fashion industry by storm at the tender age of 24! Named “the coolest kid in Manhattan by Teen Vogue, Wang’s recent collaboration with UNIQLO created a “chaos” during its first launch in Japan.

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  • Winner of the 2008 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award for Emerging Designer category
  • CFDA’s Swarovski Award 2008 nominee for Womenswear category *against Rodarte and Thakoon (the winner is Rodarte)
  • A recent collaboration with fashion label UNIQLO


Alexander Wang for UNIQLO, image courtesy of


  • Clean, classic, refined silhouettes blend with an effortless urban street chic.
  • Mostly known for his “model off-duty” (M.O.D) signature style with a thrown-together aesthetic.

BACKGROUND : Born and raised in San Fransisco, Wang moved to New York at age 18 to attend Parsons School of Design. He dropped out only one year after studying design at Parsons, then launched his first collection predominantly knit and later expanding into denim. His perfectly crafted cashmere sweaters caught the eyes of prominent fashion editors. A full ready-to-wear collection followed in 2007 and currently sold in over 150 boutiques and retail stores worldwide.

PAST INTERNSHIPS: Teen Vogue, Marc Jacobs, Derek Lam

GOAL : To celebrate a woman’s own individuality, and break the conventional idea of a predictable “uniform”.

MUSE : model pal Erin Wasson who is also Wang’s runway stylist.


The dynamic duo : Wang & Wasson, courtesy of

INSPIRATIONS: His Spring 2008 collection was inspired by Melanie Griffith in 1998 “Working Girl” movie, heavy metal groupies and Charlize Theron’s wardrobe in the Oscar-nominated movie “Monster“.


Melanie Griffith in Working Girl, courtesy of

HIS S/S 08 COLLECTION: Wang calls it “the return of the tomboy” with a mix of distressed, cuffed denim shorts, androgynous blazers and vests, cropped white tees, and plenty of comfy slouchy shapes.

Alexander Wang, S/S 08, top pic courtesy of, bottom pic courtesy of

HIS F/W 08 : inspired by the skater kids of San Fransisco


Alexander Wang F/W 08, courtesy of

FUTURE PROJECT: launching his accessory line, shoes and handbags, in this coming fall 2008.


Manolo Blahnik for Alexander Wang’s S/S 08, courtesy of

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Alexander Wang’s S/S 08 oxford booties, courtesy of

FUN FITTING: Wang lets his models pick their own look during fitting. He said, “I wouldn’t tell shoppers which of my clothes to buy, so why would I tell the models which to wear on the runway? We let them come into their fittings and mostly pick their own stuff.”

FAMOUS QUOTE: “Anyone can get all dressed up and glamorous, but it’s how people dress in their off days that’s most intriguing to me.”

STYLING TIPS: eclectic and mismatching style, taking risk by pairing unexpected pieces to create your very own look. Wang’s fashion mantra : “Fashion should be fun.”

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