Saturday was a busy day at Chicago's Barneys on Oak Street. Style savvy shoppers swarmed the third floor to catch a glimpse-and snap a photo-of visiting designer Alexander Wang. Wang was in town for a special trunk show featuring an array of his gorgeously structured designs. After first meeting him amidst the chaos of New York's Fashion Night Out, it was nice to talk to him again in a more relaxed and laid back atmosphere. Clad in his signature look of a plain t-shirt and dark jeans, Wang's unassuming and easygoing manner made him easy to approach. So fans of the designer surrounded him (in an un mob-like fashion, as opposed to New York) and listened intently as he explained the concept behind his designs. He discussed his fall collection, currently in stores, the items featured in the trunk show, and even touched on the launch of his upcoming men's wear collection, T by Alexander Wang, which he noted will be a collection full of effortless, easy pieces to mix and match.
After his unofficial Q & A session, Wang hung out and patiently posed for photos and shook hands with all of his eager guests. When we approached him for our own photo op, we reminded him that we had met once before in a very different, and much more frantic, Barneys. He laughed lightheartedly at the recollection, noting how crazy and fun that night had been for him.
The only other thing as exciting as talking to Alexander Wang in person — a designer who created his first full collection two years ago and is already on his way to becoming a fashion legend — was perusing his artfully crafted designs and being able to touch the luxury of the fabrics, observe the intricate work that went into each piece, and realize that genuine talent was still alive and well within the fashion design world.
Photo Source: Steve Starr