STRICTLY BUSINESS: Five years after Vera Wang designed Olympic attire for American figure skater Evan Lysacek, the designer has enlisted him as a creative consultant for her company. The 30-year-old Chicago native hung up his skates some time ago and moved to New York last fall to work for Charter Realty & Development. As of Wednesday, his bio and photograph were still on the company’s Web site. Lysacek’s online biography notes that he headlined two national and one worldwide tour with “Smucker’s Stars on Ice” and also has worked closely with longtime sponsors Ralph Lauren, Procter & Gamble, Crest, Citi, Smuckers, Coca-Cola and Deloitte.
The former “Dancing With the Stars” contestant befriended Wang, an accomplished skater at the junior level, after she suited him up for the Vancouver Winter Games. Several years ago, Lysacek spent a few days trailing Wang as she put the finishing touches on one of her spring collections. “I’ve learned quite a bit through Vera,” he said at that time. “It’s really interesting to see what goes into a collection. That kind of creativity is extremely important, especially now in a world that is less about money. People can set themselves apart by the clothes they choose to wear. That’s an easy way for us to express ourselves every day.”
Wang declined comment and Lysacek did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday.