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Former New York Times Style editor Holly Brubach took a look inside designer Alexander Wang's TriBeCa loft, incidentally where she used to live, .
The oft-referenced residence and it took eight months for 26-year-old Wang to properly redecorate upon Brubach's departure. Brubach describes :"Welcome to your apartment!" Wang greeted me, as if I were just returning from a long vacation and he had redecorated in my absence. In fact, I had sold him my loft eight months before. Standing in the place where my pantry used to be, I took in the scene: white walls, black velvet couch, black Karl Springer coffee table, black crocodile dining chairs, black Serge Mouille floor lamps, a pair of chairs covered in black goat fur, zebra rugs, a black fox throw. An entire black menagerie seemed to have given their lives for the privilege of a place in the home of New York's hottest downtown fashion designer. "Well," Wang corrected himself, "my apartment."
And Wang discussed what he wanted from his new home: "Having lived in New York, where you're always out and your friends are always out because no one has enough space to entertain, I imagined an apartment where I could have my friends over and on the weekend not have to leave because I feel claustrophobic. Where I would learn how to cook or do crafts projects."Take a look at Wang's digs and scroll down to check out a short video on another new addition in the cool boy's life -- his SoHo store, which opened in February. .
At 25 years old, Alexander Wang is already a fashion designer wise beyond his years. Although he started out five years ago clothing size two models, Wang has broadened his base to a wider and perhaps more mature range of customers in search of his type of "urban cool," the New York Times .
"His clothes just hit the edges of what's acceptable. They appeal to that part of you that wishes you were a skinny hipster," said Sally Singer, Vogue's fashion features director, who called Wang's style "humorously slutty."
Wang, however, has remained hardnosed amidst the success of his collections, overseeing all aspects of his business. He works with his mother; his sister-in-law, an accountant; and his brother, well-versed in international business. Wang told the Times:"Fashion in some people's eyes is very untouchable and super-indulgent. For me, it's just clothes to be worn. And at the end of the day, the point is to sell the product."
He's also remained humble, remarking, "I am not reinventing the wheel. I'm not an artiste," and also mused that it's weird to see his name on his clothes. He had this anecdote to share about about his childhood fashion inspiration:Once, thumbing through a dog-eared copy of Harper's Bazaar that he had taken from a hair salon, Alexander, then 8, encountered an image that is still etched on his retina. "It was a model in a pinstripe Tom Ford suit for Gucci," he recalled. Even as a schoolboy, he was savvy enough to recognize the model as Georgina Grenville and the photographer as Patrick Demarchelier. "I carried that picture with me everywhere," he said.
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The Alexander Wang Lawsuit train is still chugging along.
Women's Wear Daily reports that the case, which alleges that Wang employees were forced to endure long hours in poor conditions and fired after requesting worker??s compensation, was last Friday.
And as the ante is upped, Wang has hit back, further refuting the charges made against his company. :"The claims regarding sweatshop conditions are completely untrue...
In reality, this case was filed by an individual who was let go by the company as a result of serious harassment issues. We stand by our decision to promote a safe workplace environment for all employees regardless of false claims that may be waged against us in retaliation."
That individual is Wenyu Lu, in Queens Supreme Court several weeks ago. But the notion that Lu was simply angry over his dismissal doesn't entirely cover Wang's tracks. were included in the initial suit.
Additionally, after it was filed, , alleging that she was forced to work 90 hours a week in Wang's factory and both she and Lu were fired after filing for worker's comp due to work-sustained injuries.
Now, , the plaintiffs have asked Federal Judge Harold Baer to consider the case a class-action suit. and stay tuned -- Wang's company has less than three weeks to make an official response.
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Hot on the suede wedge heels of his CFDA Swarovski Accessories Designer of the Year win, sartorial supernova Alexander Wang has added another trophy to his repertoire--though this one has shelves rather than the need for one.
According to city records, the dynamic designer known for his downtown, "model-off-duty" aesthetic, bought a $2 million Tribeca one-bedroom from former New York Times Style editor Holly Brubach.
NEW YORK — There they were: Gisele Bundchen, Shalom Harlow and Karolina Kurkova, along with Alexander Wang's slick, glossy fall collection, all on the catwalk Saturday evening at New York Fashion Week.
Wang assembled a most impressive group of top models for a test spin of his newest looks boasting leather, shine and chiffon in black, oxblood red and an optic white he called "peroxide."
Wang's runway always has a good turnout of big names, but most of these top models don't work the seasonal previews anymore. He gave them a grand stage with a complicated layout of mirrors and narrow pathways.
The clothes, however, were more straightforward than Wang has offered recently. The downtown vibe he embraces often limits his appeal to the cool-girl, downtown model types. This time, the military-inspired trenchcoats (including one worn by Bundchen), wool sweaters and tweed jackets – waxed and with vinyl visors for effect – potentially work for anyone who needs an outfit for a dressy event or even for the office. That's not to say the looks were dowdy or boring; in fact, they showed that Wang is maturing into a more sophisticated designer.
Model Liya Kebede didn't walk the show, but she sat in the front row. She said she enjoys the view from there. "I really enjoying seeing the full collection. I love to see the designer's real vision. Back there, you see bits and pieces," she said.
Still, she had her Wang on, including her shirt and shoes. "I like that it's hip and young."
Wang came out with his usual bouncy step and big smile for his bow.
In his notes, he said, "Big hugs to my family and everyone else who has made this dream come true."
The public was taken aback when the claiming their clothing lines for QVC and other outlets utilized sweatshop laborers overseas.
But now, a fashion designer's employees are claiming that he violated labor conditions right here in New York City.
The New York Post reports that , claiming that conditions in Wang's Chinatown factory are reprehensible and dangerous.
The workers say they were forced to work for Wang and his brother for 16 hours or more per day without overtime pay in a windowless 200 square foot office. One employee alleges he was fired on February 16 after filing a worker's comp claim after he was
Wang -- who just to walk his New York Fashion Week show -- has made a name for himself with his line of laid-back, casual sportswear.
We've reached out to Alexander Wang's office for comment and will update when we hear back. In the meantime, and see the looks from Wang's Fall 2012 show below.
UPDATE: , as a company rep told Women's Wear Daily, "The company takes its obligations to comply with the law very seriously, including the relevant wage and hour regulations, the payment of overtime to eligible employees and having a safe working environment for all of our employees. We will vehemently defend any allegations to the contrary.??
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?eGHZmFyID44mYu00M5dZQhYaAu%2FAmgJCGfYy66NCsZ2EUUrkxATVpY3ZqY8OFl1%2FoXLYoQU8PvUL2Z1kZDKyyoA05FaNsFcAC5NV9gVopOsWvOjkA%2Fbw9Fv1DcoUwx8n4kIuB5Ua5hfpX3jCUjpesA7EFvdsOSuTBc8OfyGzw3GYqrfjYvGOR8QAEXbdlMhN?Alexander Wang does not run a sweatshop. period. He has an in-house sample room in his studio that makes runway and sales samples ONLY, which are not even sold. Practically EVERY single highend designer in NY has an in-house sample room for the same purpose. Do they work extremely long hours leading up to a runway show? Absolutely. So do ALL salaried design team employees before a runway show, who aren't even paid overtime. But to imply that these are throwback "sweatshops" is slanderous and completely misleading. Notice when the story was first reported, 30 employees were supposedly filing a class-action suit. Now it comes out only 1 other employee has joined suit, so clearly there was no class-action suit to begin with, only one plaintiff with an aggressive lawyer trying to blow the situation out of proportion.
For years people have criticized wang for producing his clothes overseas. Yet those same people suddenly think that he's been producing them in chinatown this entire time? It doesn't even make sense.
I've seen disguisting sample rooms in the garment district, but what wang runs is anything but. Go online and look at images of his studio or watch the documentaries on him which even show his sample room. His entire studio is a classy, first-rate operation. The sample room is huge, spacious, and open-plan. If you really think his sewers have been working in a sweatshop this entire time, then all of his employees have.?
All you Wang fans can breathe easy: the contentious back in March .
Women's Wear Daily reports that the plaintiffs, lead by former employees Wenyu Lu and Flor Duante, two weeks ago for undisclosed terms. back in March, claiming that Wang was running a sweatshop-like factory at his New York office. There were claims of 16-hour work days without overtime pay, a windowless office and work-sustained injuries -- all of which Alexander Wang's camp vehemently denied.
Duante and Lu also both claimed that they were fired after filing for worker's comp due to work-related injuries.
Even after to the suit and , the company continued to contest the veracity of the charges. , "The claims regarding sweatshop conditions are completely untrue... We stand by our decision to promote a safe workplace environment for all employees regardless of false claims that may be waged against us in retaliation."
The company can now feel vindicated with the case dismissed. The sides not only settled but also , reports WWD.
You can now return to enjoying those expensive slouchy tees and soft-as-butter tanks you love so much. For more deets, .
Want more? Be sure to check out HuffPost Style on , , and .?My wife and I are both presently involved in a separate lawsuit against the Wangs.
We lived in San Francisco in a building owned by the Wang family trust from March '08 -Dec '10. The same building Alexander began his business from years ago.
His brother Dennis was our absentee landlord and we had issues with his inattention to a number of problems at the basement apartment.
Whenever we had a problem such as plumbing, washer/dryer failure and a host of others basic service issues we never had any help in regard to repairs. We paid our rent on time and were good tenants but were subject to tirades from Dennis if we ever brought up problems with the apartment.
We were forced to move and threatened with utility shut down if we did not voluntarily leave within the three week notice.
We moved out just to avoid the stress and never got our sizable security deposit back.
We were forced to seek legal counsel and the matter is still in dispute.
They were the worst landlords my wife and I have had in the 20+ years of apartment dwelling.
We sympathize with the plaintiffs because we know the type of people they are dealing with and just how irresponsible and antagonistic they are. I wish the plaintiffs luck in their case v. the Wangs. You would think that with all the success they have had in their business they might treat employees and tenants a little better.?
Designer Alexander Wang has decided to do it up this year, broadcasting his show on the American Eagle LED screen on 46th and Broadway in Times Square, .
"This is a New York brand, and so much of our inspiration is from here," Wang said. "I wanted to bring it to the people of New York and make it a part of the landscape."
The show will be projected at 6 p.m. on Saturday. It will also be streamed live on one hour earlier, at 5 p.m.For more Fashion Week news, visit .
NEW YORK, N.Y. - The audience at Alexander Wang is trained to know the best is coming last.
The mostly inventive black-and-white, pieced-leather looks, many seemingly held together by fishing wire, that filled the first part of Saturday's show at New York Fashion Week would have held Wang's place as one of the princes of cool. There were sporty parkas, tops inspired by hockey jerseys and even some more refined halter dresses.
Wang could have called it a collection and be done with it.
However, the final parade of nine models ?? all wearing a cream colour ?? had their embroidered tank tops, pencil skirts, crewneck dresses and Bermuda shorts turn into glow-in-the-dark lightsticks when they assumed a final pose on the runway and the lights went out.
Wang also created a stir by having model Liberty Ross ?? the wife of the director who Kristen Stewart had an affair with ?? walk the runway, along with the likes of Erin Wasson. Jennifer Aniston fiance actor Justin Theroux sat in the front row along with rapper A$AP Rocky.
In his notes, Wang said his spring collection aimed for "a linear quality" without too much sharpness.
"The juxtaposition of tension and suspension are captured between structure and fluidity while dissected pieces build on a new silhouette, which embodies lightness and delicacy," he said.
While the final results seemed simple at times, Wang explained that garments went through much fabric manipulation to get graphic results that didn't seem harsh.
"In such a short time, Alex has redefined urban utility," observed Laura Brown, Harper's Bazaar features and special projects director. "There's always a sexiness to his clothes, but this season he brought a glamour, too."
She picked a cut-out silver dress as her favourite. Meanwhile, model Maria Bradley said backstage before the show that she'd like to take home the silver T-shirt and black shorts she was to wear on the catwalk. "I wore his clothes from last season today. His clothes are the best!"?
For the last few seasons, designers have dipped and dabbed in their primary coloured paint pots and mixed around with hues and shades until their collections became bright, bubbling specimens of vibrant colour. But now, the Crayola boxes have been stacked away, paint palettes washed and prepped for a new age; the age of the return of monochrome.?
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Before we headed off for the Europe shows, we created a final recap of the most relevant trends from this past New York Fashion Week. Sporty flourishes, luxe fur, a grunge moment: this is what fall 2011 holds in store. See for yourself below.
We can't wait to share what we see in Europe! Stay tuned...
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?It looks like a one shouldered sports bra with a very odd and ill fitting back to it. WHY is the fabric hanging down on the right side of her back. What's the purpose of that? Is it supposed to attach to the high-waisted girdle she's wearing? From the back it looks like a pair of men's briefs worn wrong...?
We've teamed up with Greta Larkins, the genius behind the brilliant Tumblr in a weekly series of animated fashion shots.
This week, FashGif takes on this sexy white dress from . Now those are some that would impress . Want more? Be sure to check out Stylelist on , and .
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We were backstage at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week with makeup artists to get the scoop on the beauty looks you'll be obsessing about this fall. This Thursday's A/W 2011 shows for Vena Cava, Christian Siriano and Tadashi Shoji were a study in freshness -- get ready for natural skin and relaxed "paint with your fingers" eyes.
At the inspiration was rock 'n' roll and androgeny. The muse: Fiona Apple. "The makeup serves as an accessory," explains lead makeup artist Christian McCulloch. It's a jewel sparking from the darkness of the mostly black collection and the daring look of long night out.
Models at complimented the collection's jewel tones with a natural look consisting of "glowing from within" cream blushes and a wash of caf?? au lait shadow that seamlessly wings towards the temples.
Artists at kept the skin very clean and brushed the eyebrows upwards for a full, Brooke Shields look. Mascara was applied to top and bottom lashes, lids were made dewy and youthful with clear gloss, and lips were finished with MAC's Till Tomorrow mauve cream lipstick by dabbing it on with fingers to reveal a more natural stain.
What do you think of this season's looks? Happy Fashion Week!
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It's not surprising that once again rapper has stirred things up in the world of pop culture. Not only does she have a running list of feuds with fellow artists , and (to name a few), but according to the British fashion magazine , her August cover has already been banned in seven different countries.
Just been told our upcoming cover has been banned from 7 countries so far. Thank God for the Internet, huh??? Dazed and Confused (@DazedMagazine)
The cover, which has yet to be seen, features Banks "posing with an inflated bright pink condom between her lips like a giant cigar," . The magazine's headline reads, "Azealia Banks Blows Up."
The ordeal doesn't seem to have Banks batting an eye though, after all she's quite the cover girl this month.
I'm on the covers of Vibe,& Dazed and Confused Magazines this month! ^-^?? ? YUNG RAPUNXEL ? (@AZEALIABANKS)
It's Friday, y'all! Pick up your spirits and get pumped for with this new infectious video from T by Alexander Wang. , bringing her youthful energy to his new T Fall 2012 ads.
, Banks' T by Alexander Wang video is shot in (mostly) black and white with split screens, close-ups and lots of hair whipping back and forth. Banks raps "Van Vogue?? from "1991," her recently released EP, and swishes around in what are surely soft-as-butter tees and tanks made by Wang.
The Wang-Banks pairing makes sense, and not only because Wang has previously cast offbeat, of-the-moment hip hop stars for his T campaigns (Santigold, Die Antwoord, etc). Banks is coming up the fashion ranks, with , and .
And now she's officially a campaign girl. Check out the fun new video, above. Do you like the new spot?
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was going to perform at the prestigious ... it looks like the honor might be going to newcomer Azealia Banks.
of a few telling , in which Banks name-dropped just enough to break the news:I can't wait for the MET ball! I'm going as Alexander Wang's date. He custom made my outfit and shoes ! !!!! It's soooo hot !I've Been invited to Perform for PRADA next week in NYC! Gonna b so lush !! Let's see what new songs I debut there! #metball2012
From which we can conclude the following:
-- Azealia Banks will perform at some point in the Gala, even if not as the sole performer of the night (an honor previously bestowed upon Rihanna, Kanye West, Lady Gaga, etc.).
-- Following with a gig at fashion's biggest party? Banks is the industry's newest musical fave.
-- , on the other hand, seems to be drawing to a swift close, .
-- are looking less and less true.
Whether or not Banks is the only performer at next Monday's ball, she'll still be walking the red carpet with Alexander Wang on her arm. Not bad for the hip-hop singer who debuted her first single only four months ago.
UPDATE, 5/1/12: Seems as though Banks' spot at the Met may not be a done deal... or at least not ideal. The New York Post points out that as of this morning, . In addition, a source tells the Post that to perform at the Gala, which makes sense given during Spring 2012 fashion week. But apparently Minaj never signed the papers and left the Gala organizers, Vogue included, in the lurch. All will be revealed on Monday!
Can't wait till Monday? See what everyone wore at last year's 2011 Met Gala, below...
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Bikini season may be over, but this is no time to tone down the workout. Many of the styles on the runway at New York Fashion Week flash a bit of skin here or there: bare midriffs, cutout backs, keyhole necklines.
The silhouettes in spring previews that entered a fourth day Sunday aren't necessarily skin tight, but it's not a season of full-on floaty frocks, either.
"We've gone so far away from overt sexiness, but the reality is, sex sells. At some point the shopper wants to be sexy," said Hal Rubenstein, fashion director of InStyle magazine. "Illusion fabric on a shoulder or a little skin showing on a midriff gives you a hint without giving it all away."
Victoria Beckham and DKNY continued the trend with bra-style tops, while many of Alexander Wang's looks were seemingly held together by fishing wire. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week continues through Thursday before the fashion crowd heads to London, Milan and Paris.
The audience had started griping about Zac Posen's delayed start, but as soon as Naomi Campbell took that first step on the runway, there was a collective "aha."
And then there was an "ooh."
The spring collection was being modeled on the terrace of Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall by many of the models who helped put Posen on the map a decade ago. Campbell, Erin O'Connor, Karolina Kurkova and Alek Wek were among the catwalkers who'd strut for the newbie because they were such fans of his masterfully made clothes.
Fast-forward to the new season, and Posen put them in romantic, glamorous gowns with the intricate, detailed, show-stopping sort of details that first won them over. Campbell wore a corseted daytime dress with a swingy dance hemline, setting the tone. The best of the gowns had either tons of tiny tulle pintucks, mermaid silhouettes or candy-ribbon peplums.
DIANE VON FURSTENBERG
Diane von Furstenberg called her spring collection "Palazzo." ''La Dolce Vita" also would have worked.
The muse has "the polish of a princess and the heart of a gypsy," von Furstenberg said, and she travels from Rome to Marrakesh and then off to Jaipur, India.
She takes with her on this journey tunics and skinny-leg pants ?? practically silk leggings ?? to wear during the day, and a blood-orange scarf gown attached to a silver choker and cuff bracelets for the night. She brings her kiwi-green gown with a cutout neckline just in case she'll need it for a last-minute, black-tie invitation.
The trip is definitely more play than work, a bit of a departure for von Furstenberg whose label often is the workhorse of a career woman. But these clothes fuel the fantasy she might be having at her desk.
Google co-founder Sergey Brin was on hand and Von Furstenberg and some of the models wore Google Glasses that were collecting video for a project to be released on Google-Plus and YouTube on Thursday.
Victoria Beckham's show not only looks like her signature pulled-together, well-edited style, but it feels like her, too.
She's the thoughtful hostess with waiters offering morning juice to the crowd at the New York Public Library, but she keeps the guest list very tight. She's one of the biggest draws of the week, but there's no frenzy of paparazzi photographers. (Husband David Beckham, however, did take some photos from his seat.)
Beckham said she checks ?? or doublechecks ?? every look to make sure "it looks good from every angle."
The clothes for spring had a delicacy that she said was new for her this season, although the clothes remained substantial and structured. It was the touch of illusion lace, the lingerie bra top or hemline of pleated chiffon that took the edge off banded short skirts, zip-back sheaths and shirtdresses.
"I want to design what I want to wear," she said.
What can stop traffic in always-bustling New York? Donna Karan in a taxicab-yellow raincoat.
Karan took her bow in the eye-catcher at Sunday's DKNY New York Fashion Week preview to the delight of the fashion insiders and to the passers-by on the street who could peek in the open doors to the Chelsea studio space.
She turned out a collection of mostly sporty looks featuring white perforated leather (think golf-glove material), camouflage prints, bathing suits-turned-bodysuits, bra tops and long neoprene dresses with mesh backs and sexy inserts. One of those dresses was in the same super-bright yellow that Karan wore.
DKNY is supposed to dress its customers every day and for every occasion, Karan said in a post-show interview: "When I can wear the same thing as the girls on the runway, I've done my job."
CHADO RALPH RUCCI
Color and contemporary details took the show for the luxury line Chado by Ralph Rucci.
Rucci and his team mixed old world glamour with new world touches like a swirl pattern of braiding on the sheer top of a chiffon-skirted dress. The same braiding in a riot of neon colours was used on one long sleeve of a basic black pantsuit.
Crystals sparkled on a coral blouse worn with a white wrap skirt that carried the pink along the hem, separated by a single black line. The minimalist line was also used in a wearable white tunic with bright pink at the waist and hem, paired with white cigarette pants.
A subtle quilting technique called trapunto lent elegance to silk faille suits and dresses made of the wetsuit material neoprene in white and bright pink.
You've got to have a sense of humour ?? and some guts ?? to send a birdcage-print dress down the runway as the opening look for a New York Fashion Week preview.
Thakoon Panichgul proved he has both.
The clothes mostly were more serious than silly (Panichgul dresses the first lady sometimes, after all), but, come on, a little gold chain dangling between the beaks of two embroidered birds is certainly a conversation starter.
"You have to have joy in fashion," Panichgul said in a pre-show interview. "I wanted to show classic cool with whimsy."
He got that with a few pieces covered in clear plastic paillettes that mirrored the flashes from photographers' cameras. Panichgul featured many layers of sometimes weighty fabrics, which gave the clothes their shape and structure while still allowing for a looser silhouette.
Tracy Reese rode her Michelle Obama bump from the Democratic National Convention to the runway, putting on a show of juxtapositions in colour, textiles and embellishments.
"It's still such a big high," Reese smiled backstage after the show. "It reminded us how grateful we have to be to live in this country."
In a range of foliage greens, cool blues, warm ochre, tangerine and crimson, Reese put wide bands of flat industrial shingle sequins on airy loose trousers in yellows and reds.
She mixed a dainty, beaded floral pattern on top of one sleeveless shift dress with zigzags outlined in black sequins against bold blue on the bottom. Reese worked in phosphorescents to embroider bright pink flowers on the top of a tunic, using the same technique in yellow in a tribal pattern at the bottom.
Burgundy foil paillettes for cocktails or skinny madras plaid trousers with matching jacket in a military green for the office? You can take your pick from Derek Lam's spring collection.
Lam's edgy but wearable runway at a downtown venue included black lambskin halter tops and a fitted black leather dress with a pleated hem. Solid-color leather pieces, including a foldover bodice vest and matching skirt in bright blue, stood in contrast to lasercut foil accents on dresses and skirts and macrame and lace work in tweeds and basketweave patterns.
Lam went metallic gold for a skirt with macrame that stopped at the knee. Most hems landed just above or below the knee.
The audience at Alexander Wang is trained to know the best is coming last.
The mostly inventive black-and-white, pieced-leather looks that filled the first part of Saturday's show would have held Wang's place as one of the princes of cool. There were sporty parkas, tops inspired by