Growing up in Los Angeles, I believed that New York would be the only place where I could get up close and personal with the types of fashion that I love. Thankfully this past year Los Angeles gave me some amazing opportunities to meet or stand merely inches away from such designers as Phillip Lim, Catherine Malandrino and the legendary Valentino; so I was excited to kick off 2010 with the Los Angeles appearance of one of fashion’s newest rock stars, Alexander Wang. Catapulting from Parsons The New School for Design to his brand selling internationally in over 200 boutiques and gracing the pages of top fashion magazines, the San Francisco native and New York based designer is famous for his signature model off duty look and downtown chic creations. This sexy tomboy look has inspired everyone from the frontrunners in fashion to teenage girls across the county.
Saturday, January 16, Opening Ceremony in Los Angeles invited admirers to peruse and pre-purchase Alexander Wang’s spring/summer 2010 collection and meet the designer himself. The trunk show hosted by Humberto Leon, Carol Lim and Alexander Wang was also the debut of his Alexander Wang for Linda Farrow collection of sunglasses. The eponymous eyewear line—having formally collaborated with the likes of Dries Van Noten, Charles Anastase, Matthew Williamson, Luella, Sophia Kokosalaki, Jeremy Scott, Raf Simons and Bernhard Willhelm—and Wang announced their collaboration back in September 2009.
On this sunny day, the twenty-five year old designer’s “shop-in-shop” was filled with young women decked out in leggings, tights, leather jackets, short skirts and boyfriend blazers in a color scheme of black and white. Girls pulled through the racks of his current collection, both clothing and accessories evoke a great old American pastime…football, while ogling his silver-tipped, emblematic of the current exposed zipper trend and catlike Linda Farrow sunglasses. Wearing a white tee and black pants and shoes, Wang greeted each eager fan with a giggle and a smile, graciously posing for pictures. When the line of wide-eyed devotees began to settle down, Wang kindly took a moment to participate in my mini impromptu interview.
A Quickie Interview with Alexander Wang
What inspired your spring collection?
Classic American sportswear.
Where do you look to find inspiration?
The simple things in life. What other people usually take for granted.
What drew you to a career in fashion?
I always wanted to do it. I was naturally drawn to it.
What would you be if you were not a fashion designer?
I cannot really answer that. Fashion has always been my dream.
The previous night, Lim and Leon threw a private twelve course dinner, catered by Leon’s mother, for Wang with more than forty guests including Erin Wasson, M.I.A., Jason Schwartzman, Samantha Traina, Vogue’s Lawren Howell and Lisa Love, Dakota Johnson, Claire Danes, Riley Keough, Marie Claire’s Zanna Roberts, Spike Jonze and Chloe Sevigny.
Check out Opening Ceremony’s Los Angeles location. The former dance studio of silent film star Charlie Chaplin opened in 2007—with rooms that are both spacious and cozy nooks. In April 2009, Opening Ceremony opened the first and only concept boutique to focus solely on Alexander Wang’s runway brand of t-shirts, tanks, jackets, dresses and accessories.
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