Alexander Wang Balenciaga

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.

Sharon Stone on set of Fading Gigolo in NYC

Today we have the nearly ageless Sharon Stone holding her Alexander Wang Rocco Duffel close as her handlers ferry her back to the set of her latest film, Fading Gigolo. I’m not even joking, that’s the name of the movie.

Alexander Wang Wallie Holdall

For a long time, I wondered why Alexander Wang didn’t do men’s bags. Wang’s dark, industrial, ultra-cool aesthetic is patently unisex, and bags have always been a great success for the brand. Many of Wang’s larger women’s bags have been favorites of fashionable dudes for a long time, and when there’s a clear market, a smart company tries to fill it.

Alexander Wang Prisma Tote

My love for Alexander Wang is not new – it’s actually a long love that has built over the years. After the craze following the Rocco, Alexander Wang continued to churn out bags that became instant hits.

Alexander Wang Spring 2013 (1)

By now, we know what to expect from Alexander Wang’s runway bags: neutrals, weird shapes, athletic references. Every season, only a few of the designer’s cash-cow handbags make it onto the runway, and they’re generally not the ones that end up selling briskly at retail.

Alexander Wang Emile In Mustard Green Suede With Matte Black

Both Amanda and I are big Alexander Wang fan girls, but even the best fall down sometimes. The Emile is not my favorite shape from Wang, but I always thought it looked presentable in crisp clean leathers and fresh colors.

When you think of golf, what designers do you think of? I’m guessing that your mind probably went immediately to a company like Ralph Lauren or Lacoste, both of which go out of their way to associate themselves with the leisurely sport.

When Spring 2012’s shows were done and it had become clear that pastels were one of the biggest trends in accessories that the season had to offer, I was somewhat disappointed. Pastels just didn’t feel as exciting or vibrant as spring trends usually are, and back then, I made a mental note not to buy in when it came time to make my purchases for the season.

When I posted about the Alexander Wang Fall 2012 runway bags a few days ago, some of you seemed concerned that Wang was going too grown-up and leaving his young, hip downtown girls behind, at least when it comes to accessories.