Alexander Wang is in the perfect position for world domination. His longevity as a successful designer has been proven, the 31-year-old designer just celebrated the 10th anniversary of his namesake brand, so this turning point in his career is not the steep ascension to stardom, but the gently-upward-sloping plateau of becoming a household name. He's taken his time to develop his name, aesthetic, and talent, and now he's really ready to grow.
Wang's departure from Balenciaga, announced earlier this month, will prove to be beneficiary to both sides, giving Wang more time to focus on his eponymous label and the house a chance for clothes that represent the heritage in modern times and are more than "satisfactory." According to TIME, Alexander Wang is the most influential fashion designer, being the only one placed on the "100 Most Influential People" list. Although many people, including myself, questioned this, he still, technically, is the most influential designer of 2015. He, along with six other designers, covered the first weekly issue of WWD, possessing "what it takes to be next-generation megapowers." His athleisure capsule collection for H&M, though not my favorite, was a huge success. All of these little accomplishments lead to the fact that Wang is slowly but steadily rising the ranks.
Alexander Wang has overcome the cage of branding and lure of pure abstract concepts, to produce clothes that, to me, define New York's fashion today with a clear edgy, sporty, and street aesthetic and also satisfy corporate needs by being mainstream. In fashion, "taking over the world" can last two decades or only the two hours until the flood of Instagrams from the next show come through. Only time will tell how long Wang's world domination will last, but he has my bet to put the "new" back in New York fashion week.
In person, I discovered that the fabric of this dress is actually mesh, which adds to the sporty factor, and the pleats also add to the edge.
Another look from S/S 15.
All smiles at the end of his Spring Summer 2015 show.