Known for his eponymous fashion line, Alexander Wang takes street-wear to a new level. Having only completed one year at Parsons School of Design, Wang was more than ready to launch his collection, consisting mainly of cashmere and knits. Now, as a front-runner in the fashion industry, he designs both womenswear and menswear collections that epitomize the 'model-off-duty style' with the perfect combination of grunge and simplicity. Wang will discuss the inspiration behind his edgy collection and how he established himself in an industry that is constantly evolving.
Alexander Wang was born and raised in San Francisco, CA and later moved to New York City to attend Parsons School of Design. In 2005, after two years, he decided to pursue the launch of his own label. The collection began predominately in knitwear, represented by six unisex silhouettes. In Spring 2007, it had evolved into a full Women’s ready-to-wear line and the collection was shown for the first time on the runway in Fall 2007. In 2008, Alex received top honors as the recipient of the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund and launched his first handbag collection the same year; in 2009, he was recognized by his peers when announced the winner of the Swarovski Womenswear Designer of the Year; and in October 2009, he was the recipient of the Swiss Textiles Award. In 2009, Women’s T by Alexander Wang and Footwear launched, while Men’s T by Alexander Wang launched a year later. Men’s ready-to-wear launched in 2011 and Alexander Wang was acknowledged by GQ as Best Menswear Designer of the Year and by the CFDA for Best Accessory Designer that same year.
Alexander Wang opened its first flagship store, February 2011, in SOHO, NYC. Following the NYC flagship store opening, Alexander Wang opened its second flagship store in April 2012 in Beijing, China. Today, Alexander Wang has over 15 stores worldwide, including its own E-Commerce site shipping to more than 50 countries. Men’s and Women’s categories offer ready-to-wear, T by Alexander Wang, handbags, footwear, small leather goods and the OBJECTS collection, a curation of personal lifestyle items, which are also sold to over 700 of the world’s leading retailers across all categories.
In its essence, the Alexander Wang brand’s sensibility is reflected in the undone. There is a curiosity behind the contradiction that lies between refinement and the imperfect, and a nod to always referencing his idea of the everyday uniform.
In addition to designing his eponymous label, Alexander Wang was appointed Creative Director of Balenciaga in December 2012.