Remember when Alexander Wang was best known as the cashmere kid? A lot has changed since the San Francisco native began churning out street-chic tomboy knits. After making the move to a full ready-to-wear collection, he has catapulted himself into the young designer spotlight. Four years after launching, the 24-year-old has become very much the media darling, and his was one of the hottest tickets of New York Fashion Week. Even Lindsay Lohan couldn’t score herself an invite this season, telling WWD, “I wanted to go to his show so bad, but his publicist said they weren’t allowing any celebrities to attend. So I said, ‘Consider me a normal person then!’ But they wouldn’t.”
The hype about Wang is only one part of the equation; the designer just might have the goods to back it up. Consider the company’s figures: Fall sales jumped 60 percent from 2007 to 2008, and so far, his spring sales have doubled from the previous year, with projections in the $10 million to $15 million range. This season, moreover, the designer introduced his first shoe collection as well as a diffusion line of cotton basics, cut in his signature languid—or as he puts it, “wilted”—style. Another sign things are bullish chez Wang: He recently relocated his offices to an 8,000-square-foot TriBeCa studio four times the size of his former FlatIron District space.
@beyonce chose a custom gown by @falgunishanepeacockindia for mother @mstinalawson 's second annual Wearable Art Gala last night. The gown, which took 10 days to make, was inspired by Nubian warrior queen Amanishakheto. Reporting by @hernameislex . #wwdeye 👑 🐝#beyonce
After dressing @justintimberlake for his Super Bowl halftime performance last month, @stellamccartney has designed the star’s "Man of the Woods" tour wardrobe. Timberlake will be wearing a mix of pieces from McCartney’s fall men's collection as well as custom designs and items from his own closet. #wwdfashion
@carmeloanthony is upping his fashion game once again, introducing a hat collection with @goorinbros. Called Fresh Greens by Melo x Goorin, the line consists of five unisex models, all of which are made in America from 100 percent wool. Each hat is lined with Anthony’s signature and the inscription “Knowledge of self, wisdom and understanding.” You can purchase the collection line at Goorin’s website as well as three off its stores in San Francisco, New York City and Las Vegas #wwdaccessories
“I am of tradition, but that doesn’t mean I have an old outlook on life,” Hubert de Givenchy told WWD in an interview in 1978. The legendary designer, who died last week at the age of 91, achieved wide success soon after launching his own couture boutique in the early ’50s, but he refused to pine for that time. For the first time since its original publication, read our interview with Givenchy on his awe for Audrey Hepburn and looking forward. Link in bio. #wwdarchives #fbf (📷: Pierre Schermann)
About last night: @alexachung and @supergausa toasted the launch of their capsule collection. “It’s the shape that I love, so rather than amend the last and make the sole crazy or do anything wild, we just did really subtle additions that I think make it look really luxe-y,” said Chung. #wwdfashion (📷: Marc Patrick)
Exclusive: @off____white’s @virgilabloh is launching an exclusive eyewear capsule collection @sunglasshut. The unisex collection, which is made up of three styles, first made its debut on the brand’s fall runway show in Paris. Get all the details on WWD.com – link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion