Here’s heiress Nicky Hilton in the Meatpacking District neighborhood of NYC, carrying a slate grey version of what is still one of my favorite designer handbags, so many seasons after its debut: the Alexander Wang Rocco Bag. Nicky flew into town last week to attend the New York City Ballet Fall Gala (not in that outfit, of course). You can snag Nicky’s Rocco for $925 at Shopbop.
Alexander Wang Handbags and Purses
More than any other designer at his contemporary price point, Alexander Wang has a tendency to put difficult-to-carry bags on his New York Fashion Week runways. Most similar designers use their shows as a vehicle to introduce their highly profitable marquee accessories to a potentially adoring public, but Wang generally goes the way of his more-expensive brethren and saves the cash cow bags for his lookbooks.
If we assess Hilary Duff’s life via paparazzi documentation, it all seems to be an endless string of baby play dates, farmer’s markets, and pilates classes. Oh, and really fabulous designer bags. Here’s Hilary leaving pilates class in LA (as one does), carrying an Alexander Wang Diego Bucket Bag. The Bucket certainly isn’t my favorite of the designer’s bags, but I think it loses a lot of its Alexander Wang edge in beige.
Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel is never a bad place to find inspiration, and the Alexander Wang Objects Collection, with its all-black aesthetic and irreverent elevation of everyday consumer objects, pretty clearly found its beginning in Lagerfeld’s periodic release of similar pieces. He is, of course, the master of such things – who couldn’t picture Unkle Karl smirking through a game of ping pong with a Chanel-branded paddle, eschewing all others as demodé?
I’ve been waiting for a designer to release a great looking glow-in-the-dark bag. Odd, I know, but I always look to my accessories to bring me a feeling of joy and fun, and what’s more fun than a good-looking bag that just so happens to glow in the dark when the lights go off? Leave it to the young and spunky Alexander Wang to give us what we’re looking for by offering glow-in-the-dark versions of a few of his classics, including the coveted Marion crossbody bag.
At an Alexander Wang show, there’s always the accessory. In the past, it’s been things as varied as leather handkerchiefs and clutches shaped like old, deflated footballs, and this year, at the Alexander Wang Fall 2013 show, it was fur boxing gloves. Can you carry a handbag and wear fur boxing gloves simultaneously? That’s for magazine stylists to decide over the next few months, I suppose.
Two things to marvel at in this pic: Charlize Theron‘s uber-short buzz cut, AND the Alexander Wang Pelican Satchel! The new ‘do is for Theron’s upcoming movie role in Mad Max: Fury Road. Charlize is seen here leaving a lunch date with her mom in L.A. – wearing, I swear, one of the same outfits she donned in her 2011 flick Young Adult (which is a worthwhile movie night pick, if you like movies that are more sad and slightly snarky than not).
Today we bring you our fave Brit, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member Lisa Vanderpump, stepping outside the box with an unusual designer choice (for her) on her arm. We know how Lisa loves her Valentinos and her Dolce & Gabbanas, and especially her pinks, purples, and animal prints (as evidenced here by…yes, I believe that is a fur beret), so while this Alexander Wang Pelican Satchel fits Lisa’s style, the Alexander Wang brand is usually far edgier (not to mention more affordable) than Lisa’s usual super luxe, tried-and-true designer staples.
Even though the news that Alexander Wang is the next creative director at Balenciaga has had the weekend to sink in, it doesn’t feel quite like reality. Wang rose to fame mostly on the wearability and relatively accessible price point of his downtown-cool sportswear and handbags, while Balenciaga’s departed designer/genius Nicolas Ghesquiere earned a reputation for industry-leading innovation, exceptional technical skill and an embrace of fashion’s intellectual side.
I will never forget the first time I saw a Alexander Wang Printed Lizard Emile Satchel. I first saw someone toting around this satchel on the subway in Soho, and I will admit I was not familiar with any of Alexander Wang’s designs at the time. I was waiting for the R train on my way to class when a chic young woman in her 20s stood next to me on the platform, carrying a black leather satchel.