Climbing to the top of the fashion industry where there are numerous other talents is a close to impossible task. But for the industry mogul, it was as effortless as his style. Wang, born in San Francisco to Taiwanese-American parents, grew up in the Bay area, drenched in beach fashion. This helped form his laid-back, relaxed sense of personal style. He was already perfecting shoe design and indulging in the world of fashion at the meek age of three, however, the first time he dipped his toes in the fashion industry was at the age of 15, when he attended a summer course at London’s prestigious Central Saint Martins. After this came a short two year stint at Parsons School of Design, which he was expelled from due to poor grades. But that didn’t stop Wang, as he had been working on his own collection in his spare time. After dropping out, he started his eponymous label, and at the New York Fashion Week in 2007, Wang, along with his brother Dennis, launched his first collection and broke all the rules, bringing downtown chic to the top of women’s luxury collections.
His minimalistic look, with a tendency toward monochrome is the much sought-after aesthetic to his popular label. Drawing inspiration from the ‘80s, the one-of-a-kind label creates pieces that blend French chic with rock grunge, complete with a slouchy just-rolled-out-of-bed touch. His sense of style is the embodiment of downtown chic, cool but slightly dishevelled.
“I like the element of surprise. The element of spontaneity. The element of not knowing what might happen and kind of being inspired,” says Wang. He adds, “I think it’s important to constantly have that kind of motivation to be able to give people something new to experience.” This quirky style quickly helped him rise to legendary status. He took the fashion world by storm and it came as no surprise that critics and fans alike were floored. The Mogul knew exactly how to keep the audience spellbound, adding substance and meaning to the narrative of his designs while providing a refreshing boost of excitement.
“It’s always been more than just about the product,” says Alexander Wang, a designer who places a strong emphasis on the experiential component of his eponymous label. “With shows, everything from the music, to the lighting, to the venue, has equal importance, because it’s the experience. Being able to communicate, deliver, and present it in a way that the audience really understands the context is important to me.”
Though a relatively new enterprise at just over 12 years old, Wang has managed to transform his youthful style into high fashion, winning the hearts of many big names such as Gwenyth Paltrow, Rihanna, Gisele Bundchen, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, and so on. –Rubaina