Alexander Wang’s story is the stuff of fashion legends. While still a college sophomore, the <i>Teen Vogue</i> intern launched a collection of streetwise knits that caused such an industry stir, he was nominated for a CFDA fashion award just two years later. But while finely crafted cashmere sweaters put him on the map, Wang’s ready-to-wear is where his real wow is. From chic, second-skin pants to textured biker jackets and asymmetrical tops, this young star has staying power.
Boy/girl, tough/tender. Opposites attract in this dark and moody cache of wearable Wang. A geometric-pattern bustier dress with satin straps is a dramatic standout, while willowy dresses and whispery tops make lovely layering pieces for boxier jackets and vests.
There’s more than meets the eye in this collection of cool, contemporary separates. Look for satiny tops with skin-revealing racer backs and grey sweats that double as posh harem pants. Semi-structured blazers and vests also have split fashion personalities when viewed from the front and back.
No matter your style, there is no passing by this treasure trove of designer ready-to-wear. For the purely demure set, rich suiting and extraordinary blouses can be found from both Valentino and Gianfranco Ferré. Fans of arty textures and sharp geometry will revel in the selections from Vivienne Tam, Yohji Yamamoto, Hanni Y and Issey Miyake. Smart, ever-so-preppy separates come from the likes of Brooks Brothers, Boy by Band of Outsiders and Malo. And, that's just the tip of the iceberg (yes, we have that brand, too!).