TABLET RASA: On Sunday afternoon, one could be forgiven for assuming that Alexander Wang was already en route to Paris and not at the center of a p.r. scrum at the Samsung Lounge, a mezzanine overlooking the main lobby of the Lincoln Center tents.

“Leaving right after this,” the designer clarified between sips of hot tea with lemon. “Sorry, my throat is so sore.”

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He’d been summoned to the space to discuss his collaboration with Samsung Galaxy, which will see the designer construct a limited-edition handbag inspired by the various photos, doodles and images taken on the Note II, the touchscreen device (natch) by a select circle of “influencers” he handpicked. Sales from the bag will benefit Art Start, a charity seeking to foster the creativity of at-risk youth.

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“It’s abstract in the sense that we’re working with a lot of our close friends and different people that we like to partner with in this collective way, hopefully to create something unique,” said Wang, safely sequestered on a corner couch. “I’m going to look at the images all together and create a print for a bag that will be sold.

“Technology is so important to how I work and how I get inspired,” he continued. “So we’re hoping we can create a new facet to inspiration, to bring in a new perspective.”

Though Wang remained tight-lipped on his upcoming debut collection for Balenciaga, he was pleased with the reception his namesake line garnered. “I’m glad people had a good response to it. It’s definitely a good feeling. We all worked really hard this season, so I was really proud of what we did,” he said. “One down, one to go.”

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