alexander wang (born 1984) is a taiwanese-american fashion designer. at age 18, he moved to new york to attend the prestigious, parsons the new school for design to study fashion design. after dropping out in his sophomore year, he launched his first women’s ready-to-wear collection in 2007. the label embodies casually cool downtown style, drawing inspiration from the nineties, french chic, and rock grunge—always finished off with a slouchy, rolled out of bed edge. wang launched a diffusion line of pre weathered cotton tees, tanks, and t-shirt dresses in spring 2009, t by alexander wang, as well as a footwear collection of towering platform sandals. he won the cfda/vogue fashion fund in 2008, an honor accompanied by a $200,000 award to expand one’s business. alexander wang went to summer design programs at otis. during his late teens, he lived in san francisco. his parents are immigrants from taiwan. alexander wang attended drew school and the Stevenson school in california for high school. he also attended the harker school. wang launched his first full collection of women’s wear in 2007. he was nominated for a 2008 council of fashion designers of america in women’s wear and won a usd $200,000 prize as the cdfa/vogue (magazine) fashion fund award winner. he was featured in the november 2010 issue of vogue in remembrance of winning the award in 2008, in an article entitled “the aluminati”.
wang is known for his edgy, somewhat masculine womenswear designs. after designing a fall 2008 collection using black as the predominant color, he designed his spring 2009 collection using bright colors such as orange, dusty purple, aqua and hot pink, and proclaimed, “they wanted color, they got color!”. although he reverted to using mainly black fabrics, he was praised for showing great tailoring skills.
dries van noten
In 2005, the new york times described him “one of fashion’s most cerebral designers”. his style is said to be “eccentric”, and fell out of favor during the long period of minimalistic fashion in the early 1990s, only to make a come back towards the mid 2000s, culminating with van noten’s winning of the international award of the council of fashion designers of america in 2008. on the same year, he dressed actress cate blanchett for the academy awards. van noten was born into a family of garment makers and traders: his father owned a menswear shop and his grandfather was a tailor. he graduated from the antwerp academy in 1980, and began his career in 1986, when he presented his first menswear collection in london as part of the the antwerp six collective.
van noten currently creates four collections a year (men’s and women’s, both for summer and winter). the brand does not offer haute couture; all of its designs are ready to wear and available at retail: “‘i’m a little naive but i don’t like the idea of showing things that you don’t sell in a store”, said van noten in a recent interview. his work is said to be characterized by use of prints, colors, original fabrics and layering. he does not advertise. the brand is a private company, not much is known about its financial affairs, although it claims to have annual sales of some 30 million euro. van noten and vangheluwe reside in a nearly seven acre house outside of antwerp, where van noten exercises his passion for gardening
Ann demeulemeester and the Magician’s pigeons
Ann wanted to open her first store in Antwerp so she could visit it all the time , talk to costumers introduce new personal things, ensure the shop was being run her way. “It’s a step step further to create the shop in a way that people understand me better. people in the street only see pictures in a magazine and a translation from stylus. It’s not only about clothing, it’s a way of liven it’s a way of thinking. If we design a piece of clothing we can easily create a table or a light with the same mind, if you ask me to design a calculator. I will design an Ann Demeulemeester calculator., if I make a shoo, i want to make it an ann Demeulemeester shop”. Upstairs there will be a large cage full of pigeons. “They’re magician’s pigeons, they’ve been bred in a cage. We don’t want them to be unhappy, I want to be sure the pigeons are at ease. ” They need to be, what with the intended big concert speakers bombing out Ann Demeulemeester and her husband Robyn’s favorite music – the reggae, classical, friends Patty sit and Nick Cave, nothing too try hard, too desperately hip. The interiors will be soft, sensuous and minimally Flemish; everything from the muslin to to the pigeons has been tried out at home before being brought to the shop. We don’t think how other people are doing it to be commercial or trendy. i don’t think how other people are doing it to be commercial or trendy. i don’t care, I just want to make my shop. and so it is with every little detail, ” she say, adding gleefully, the flemish cat who got the Cream.