Designer 101: Alexander Wang

By Fawnia Soo Hoo

Naomi CampbellCoco Rocha and Karolina Kurkova, wear some pretty amazing pieces from some very major designers (both established and up-and-coming) on "The Face." We're prepping for the show, which premieres on Tuesday, February 12 at 9pm ET/PT, by taking a look at the designer labels you'll be seeing on our gorgeous supermodel coaches. We've covered Naomi's friend Azzedine Alaïa and the very posh Victoria Beckham, now let's talk about fashion wunderkind and It Girl favorite designer Alexander Wang.

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Designer Alexander Wang and T by Alexander Wang

Who Actually Designs the Line(s):  Alexander Wang


As Seen on "The Face:" Coco wears his pieces quite a few times on the show and it goes with her edgy, downtown-y style. From left, she's wearing a bodysuit and trousers from his main line, then a neoprene dress from the T by Alexander Wang diffusion line. At right, she's wearing her own shirt and shoes with his knife-pleated a-line skirt.

Karolina layered his leather-lapeled blazer over a printed dress. 

Backstory: The young designer (he's only 29!) recently made major waves for his appointment to succeed Nicolas Ghesquière as creative director of the Paris-based house of Balenciaga, which is a really big deal. Alexander established himself in the fashion scene only just in 2007 with his luxurious take on street-style casual wear—plush tees with just the right amount of slouch, sexy dresses with edgy irreverence and yes, leather sweatpants—which was immediately devoured by the taste-making fashion set.

He launched his lower-priced, more casual T by Alexander Wang line two years later and continued to do cool, hipstery things with it, like cast music acts Santigold, Spank Rock, Diplo and South African rap/rave duo Die Antwoord in the campaigns. He's famous with the fash types for his debaucherously hip parties, like when he break-danced at his celeb-filled, carnival-themed Fashion Week bash under the Highline elevated park. Plus, the guy has a fox fur hammock hanging in his New York flagship store.


The Celebs who wear it: The fashion-y girls don't just wear his clothes, they live the lifestyle and hang with the designer. Above, he accompanies and dresses former French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld to 2012 CFDA Awards and parties with MIA (who's wearing a gold mesh creation over an Alexander Wang x Gap collaboration dress) and Zoe Kravitz at the Met Gala in 2010. Additional members of the Alexander Wang fan club: Rihanna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Nicki Minaj and Kate Moss. Plus, Rachel Bilson's New Yorker-out-of-place in-the-South doctor character on the CW's "Hart of Dixie" has a wardrobe full of Alexander Wang.

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The Investment: Layer like Karolina with an edgy, cutaway update on a basic blac blazer for $690  ( or snag the exact T by Alexander Wang dress that Coco wears on the show for $350—it comes in black, too ( All the cool girls have a studded Rocco bag. Get yours, too for $895 (

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