The Alexander Wang Man Won't Be "About Exposing His Chest"
Jun 23, 2011 - by Lester Brathwaite
While the Alexander Wang woman is a sex-crazed risk-taker the Wang man is a bad boy -- a delinquent -- on which the Wang gal secretly crushes. For his first full-blown mens line -- after his award-winning capsule collection in the fall -- the designer was inspired by bad boys like Diplo, Wiz Khalifa and Johnny Depp -- But not Pirates of the Caribbean Johnny Depp. Nineties Johnny Depp." What, the guy from those 12,000 Disney movies isn't as badass as Edward Scissorhands?
Menswear wasn't always in the cards for Wang. His T by Alexander Wang line started off as a "vanity project." He claims he "just wanted to do stuff [he] wanted to wear." But after GQ named him Best New Menswear Designer in America and he was nominated for the CFDAs Swarovski Menswear Design Award, he got the message:
"That was like, 'Whoa.' You know, awards are great, but they put you on fast track you have to do this, you have to do that. Now we can breathe and go back to focusing on this new line."
This new line will have, according to Wang, "a more refined point of view" with slicker fabrics, sleeker lines and "less flashy" embellishments. And that translates to a less sexually-charged aesthetic than his womenswear: "[M]y guy isnt about exposing his chest. Its not the male gigolo."
Capt. Jack Sparrow probably wouldn't approve. [WWD]
Check out Alexander Wang's Spring 2012 Mens Ready to Wear lookbook below:
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