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.
Alexander Wang Handbags and Purses
Bag: Alexander Wang Mini Rockie Satchel
Price: $595 via Shopbop
Why It’s the Bag of the Week: Alexander Wang has followed in the footsteps of many brands by again shrinking an already shrunken version of one of his most popular bags, but don’t worry; you can actually fit stuff in this one.
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.
Bag: Alexander Wang Large Prisma Tote
Price: $950 via Bergdorf Goodman
Why It’s the Bag of the Week: The all-black-everything look is always an easy sell to me, but this Alexander Wang bag manages to take it and turn it into a great, carry-all work bag that would even fit in at a fairly conservative office.
Lea Michele has recently been making the press rounds in NYC to promote her new album Louder, her new book Brunette Ambition and, of course, the forthcoming final season of Glee. (Yes, she acts, she sings and she writes memoirs.) Here’s Lea carrying a black pebbled-calfskin Alexander Wang Marion Bag, which you can currently obtain from Barneys for $675.