Coming late to a trend isn’t necessarily the worst thing in the world. When Valentino first debuted its Rockstuds, I remember being surprised the brand was going all-in on the look after every other brand on the planet had already given studs a thorough run and started moving on the next thing.
Although Alexander Wang still sells tons of handbags and generates plenty of consumer interest, it’s been a few years since both the brand and the man behind it had a hit bag. That may sound troublesome, but it’s not as bad as it seems; brands don’t need to reinvent the wheel every year because a popular design and the variations that spin off of it are usually enough to sustain a brand’s accessories bottom line for seasons on end, if managed carefully.
Alexander Wang has always been a designer who played up his industrial aesthetic leanings, and after a few seasons of flirtation with tech-influenced streetwear, Spring 2016 has brought the designer back to his roots for his eponymous brand’s tenth anniversary collection.
It’s hard to believe Alexander Wang has been around for 10 years, but in preparation for celebrating a decade in business, the brand has been getting a little bit nostalgic. Shoppers can vote for their favorite runway looks to be reissued on Wang’s official site, but if bags are more your style, there’s still plenty of nostalgia to go around, and all of it’s in Wang’s signature dark palette.
If you’ve been following Alexander Wang for more than a season or two, odds are that many of the bags he sent down his Fall 2015 runway this week will look familiar to you. That’s not just because they were mostly re-proportioned takes on two of his most popular shapes, the Rocco and Emile, but because they were black, as all of Wang’s most popular bags have started out being.
Today in Things I Didn’t Expect: Alexander Wang offered a very limited pre-order of his very literal, sneaker-inspired Spring 2015 runway bags on his website yesterday, and the three bags, all priced in the mid-$1,000 range, were sold out and completely gone from the site within a matter of hours.
If you’ve ever wondered what a pair of retro basketball sneakers would look like if they were flayed and then restructured into a fancy designer bag (and if you have, why?), then I have, somewhat implausibly, some good news for you: that’s basically the gist of Alexander Wang’s Spring 2015 runway bags.