Alexander Wang: I do accessories first
Alexander Wang had “eccentricity” on his mind when designing his latest range of accessories.
The American fashion designer has been nominated for a CFDA Award in the Accessory Designer of the Year category. The awards recognise extraordinary design excellence and Alexander opened up to WWD about what he thinks distinguished his work this year.
“Every season, accessories are usually the first to be designed. Function and ease are important elements,” he revealed to the outlet. “However, for fall, eccentricity was definitely on my mind. I explored the aesthetics of certain subcultures, specifically the hard-edge sensibility of goth and heavy metal, both playing a literal and abstract role.”
The outlet asked the same questions to all the nominees in each category. For Michael Kors, who is up for the Womenswear Designer of the Year accolade, it was all about staying true to himself.
“This year’s collections were very me. Not that I’m planning on wearing them, but I think we managed to strike this yin and yang balance,” he explained. “Personally, I’m the most casual person, but at the same time the most extravagant. I’m pragmatic, but I’m indulgent. I think it came out in the collections.”
Over in the menswear category, Designer of the Year nominee Tom Ford thinks his work has stood out because he has always followed his instincts.
“I think the important thing as a designer is to always react with one’s intuition. So when I have collections that are particularly strong, that consumers and the press respond to in a positive way, I feel proud that my instincts were right,” he said. “It is always important to try to anticipate what the customer will want and to create that product before they even realise that they need it. I think I did that these past few seasons with my men’s collections. They felt focused, and I am very proud of them.”