At 21, California bred Alexander Wang presented his debut collection of unisex knitwear. Fast forward ten years later and Wang has made a name for himself as the master of cool and a true visionary. Wang has worked on his eponymous line for the past ten years, (which he celebrated last year) with which he collaborated with H&M along with serving as Balenciaga’s creative director for a three year stint.
We’ve taken a journey back in time to highlight some of Wang’s most significant work till date. Whether it’s taking athletic wear out of the gym or creating the most beautiful leather leggings you’ve ever seen, we’re showing you our top picks from the past ten years.
A more grown up collection, FW09 featured luxury tailoring with Wang’s signature grunge touch. Le Smoking style jackets over cropped leggings and ankle boots, cut out cocktail dresses, metal riveted into everything and a generally more refined silhouette.
The SS10 collection was fresh off the heels of Wang’s collaboration with Gap and the result was a khaki, sporty, American football inspired collection. Classic khaki trench coats, knee high sports socks, corsets over sweatshirts and sports bras as tops; created a collection that clearly defined how sportswear becomes fashion.
Wang’s first collection with absolutely no black, a sleek departure from his signature style. Wang told Vogue he was looking for something “optimistic” and “pure”, which meant his show began with a series of all-white, construction inspired looks. Known for his skinny silhouettes and leather jackets, this collection built a whole new image of cool; was more Helmut Lang than king of the night.
A truly outstanding collection, with SS13 Wang sent his singular vision that catapulted him to the role of ‘it’ designer, down the runway. He played with deconstruction, dissection and proportions to create garments that floated in a very structured way. This collection saw laser cut paneled dresses, white cotton shirtdresses, leather details and his ubiquitous above the knee shorts.
“We started thinking a lot about extreme conditions and the great outdoors—like, mountain climbing and camping,” he said before the show. “It was really about taking that idea of survival to an urban landscape.” The show highlighted Wang’s mastery in outerwear from down puffers to windbreakers, alongside Wall Street-esque pullovers and silk cravats.