Summer Surfing: The New Alexander Wang Cage Installation

 

When you step into Alexander Wang’s New York Flagship store, you meet “The Cage.” Alone it may seem cold and uninviting, but Wang designed the enclosure to give customers a more stimulating way to view his designs by periodically switching up the artwork collaborations. He found a means to providing a fresh and original store image without having to deal with a complete redesign. In the past, the exhibitions included LED light graphics in fabric patterns, a ’90s pop culture throwback of old televisions and acclaimed florist creations.

This month, the newest installation combines the Haydenshapes Surfboard brand with sculpted sand. It’s a powerful display of creativity and hand-crafted precision developed by both Wang and Haydenshapes founder, Hayden Cox. Come live out the last days of summer with black marbled artwork, a looming wave and, of course, Wang’s must-have handbags and shoes.

 

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Wang’s black leather Bucket Bag and calfskin Lovisa Pumps ride the sculpted wave.

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A side angle of Wang’s artwork that was digitally printed on the boards.

 

 

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A more thorough angle of the cage installation.

For more inspiration from the recent Cage Exhibition, check out the short video filmed for it on Alexander Wang’s Youtube channel:


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Alexander Wang Uses Heat Technology to Wow Audiences at New York Fashion Week 2014

New York Fashion Week kicked off last week as designers and big brand names held runway shows for their fall/winter 2014 collections. While New York City’s Lincoln Center is considered the central location for designer shows, this year Alexander Wang opted for an off-site location at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

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On Saturday night, the 30 year-old Taiwanese-American fashion designer dragged his fashion crowd from the inner city out to an abandoned greenhouse on the water in Brooklyn. Fans, editors, photographers and celebrities braved hours in traffic to get to the remote site.

Wang debuted his collection with models sporting slick, parted do’s and utilitarian looks. Show-goers took to their blogs and Twitters, noting the show’s most exciting moment when a group of models stood in all-black clothing onstage, only to have the clothing magically turn into bright and vivid colors as a result of heat technology.

Sculpted dresses and coats, baggy trousers and backless boots added to the futuristic line.

Watch a first look of the show here:

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Aila Wang: Fashion Week’s Youngest (and Most Adorable!) Style Star

Front-row at the latest Alexander Wang show was a who’s who of the fashion world’s biggest names and brightest young things, including Carine Roitfeld, photographer Terry Richardson, actress Kerry Washington, rapper Kanye West and actress Zoe Kravitz. However, only one person was lucky enough to don Wang’s latest collection even before it debuted down the runway. Dressed in a white “Parental Advisory” tee, black skirt, and Jordan slides, 4-year-old Aila Wang already had the show’s ’90s, logo-driven theme on lock.

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Just who is this young style starlet? The niece of designer Alexander Wang, Aila first caught our attention when a photo of her (below) backstage at her uncle’s eponymous show circulated across fashion blogs some seasons back. With her updo and round cheeks, she looked helplessly cute. But her all-black outfit, complete with a fur coat, baby Chanel and high-tops, gave us an unusual case of sartorial envy.

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She’s become a front-row staple at her uncle’s famed runway shows for a handful of seasons now, all while creating quite a name for herself in the street-style department. Successfully treading the fine line between cutting edge and adorable, this toddler manages to give even the most seasoned style vets a run for their money.

Scroll down for more of Aila’s enviable looks.

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Audrey’s Best of 2012 | Top Five Asians in Fashion Moments

Comme des Garcons’s Rei Kawakubo Wins CFDA International Award for 2012. Photo courtesy of CFDA.

1. Asians win big at CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America): Philip Lim, Joseph Altuzarra, and Rei Kawakubo.


Joseph Altuzarra, Phillip Lim and Tabitha Simmons win Swarovksi Award for Emerging Talent in Womenswear, Menswear and Accessories, respectively. Photo courtesy of Vogue.com.
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Asian Models Round-Up: NYFW FW12

Liu Wen in Alexander Wang FW12.

Ming Xi in Badgley Mischka FW12.

Twenty-two-year-old Ming Xi found a boost in her career just two years ago and now she is one of the top Chinese models. Walking for shows such as Zac Posen, Y-3 and Badgley Mischka, she is one of the most sought out Asian models both for the runway and for print.

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Shu Pei in Diane von Furstenberg FW12.

Coming at a close second, Shu Pei walked almost as many shows as Liu Wen for names like Vera Wang, Michael Kors, DKNY, Herve Leger, BCBG Max Azria, J Mendel and Helmut Lang.

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So Young Kang in Cynthia Rowley FW12.

Making her debut runway in the US in 2010, So Young Kang now walks for over 10 shows at NYFW. This Korean model has been seen in the shows of Badgley Mischka, Cynthia Rowley, Proenza Schouler and Creatures of the Wind.

Newcomer

LINA ZHANG


Lina Zhang in Marchesa FW12.

Chinese model Lina Zhang walked the runways of 3.1 Philip Lim, Tory Burch, Marchesa, Herve Leger, Ralph Lauren and more. That’s quite an accomplishment for a relatively newcomer; she made her debut just last year.

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Sung Hee in Vivienne Tam FW12.

With so many famous Chinese models, Sung Hee is one of the few top Korean models to appear in NYFW. She walked the shows of Vivienne Tam, Tory Burch and Creatures of the Wind to name a few.

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Sui He in Donna Karan FW12

I first noticed Sui He when she walked the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Now in the recent NYFW, she has been seen in Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, Peter Som, Helmut Lang, Proenza Schouler and more.

TIAN YI


Tian Yi in Rachel Zoe FW12.

At only 17, Tian Yi is a new, young face that we should look out for. Walking for shows such as Vivienne Tam, Rachel Zoe and Rebecca Taylor, she sure has a lot of potential to become a big name in modeling.

XIAO WEN


Xiao Wen in Jill Stuart FW12.

Last but not least, we have Xiao Wen, who’s only 19! Appearing in approximately fifteen shows, she can be seen in 3.1 Philip Lim, Oscar de la Renta, Vera Wang, Jill Stuart and DKNY.


Lina Zhang (left) and Sui He (right) in Ralph Lauren FW12.


Xiao Wen (left) and Liu Wen (right) in Oscar de la Renta FW12.


Shu Pei (left) and Xiao Wen (right) in Vera Wang FW12.


Liu Wen in Diane von Furstenberg FW12.


Sui He (left) and So Young Kang (right) in Proenza Schouler FW12.


So Young Kang in Badgley Mischka FW12.


Shu Pei (left) and Lina Zhang (right) in Hervé Léger FW12.


Liu Wen in Victoria Beckham FW12.


Sui He (left) and Shu Pei (right) in Helmut Lang FW12.


Shu Pei in BCBG Max Azria FW12.

All photos courtesy of Asian Models Blog.