By Siobhan Lam
“Anyone can get all dressed up and glamourous, but it is how people dress in their off days, that is the most intriguing”.
Let me introduce you to the wonderful world of Wang, where the clothes that we adorn on days off take precedence to those on a night out.
Alexander Wang is fashion’s favourite prodigy – the go-to designer for both Hollywood’s cool elite and fashion editors alike. Wang showed his first womenswear collection in 2007 at the tender age of 23, his sophisticated take on casual-wear won him many fashion fans and his success has strengthened with each passing year.
Despite his young age, Wang has the experience to back up his designs, having trained in the prestigious Parson’s design school in New York and interned for Marc Jacobs.
This spring summer his sportswear-inspired collection had every fashionista lusting for an American footballer’s shirt, not to mention the nation’s various failed attempts at recreating his hairstyle of the summer -the nonchalant messy side-plait.
But lust no more – for those of you with high fashion aspirations but a limited fashion budget – I have the solution.
Yet again, Topshop have come to the rescue of the financially-strapped fashionista with their collection – High Performance, they describe the collection as “the All-American collegiate look” which also translates as affordable Wang! The collection features jersey maxi dresses, cropped sweat tops, mesh cut-out tunics and gorgeous casual playsuits.
The must-haves in my humble opinion consist of the Utility Strapped Waistcoat (€70), which will look just as edgy with tanned legs as with skinny jeans, the Baseball Bomber Jacket (€55), which I’ve always fantasised about wearing since Estevez’s turn as jock Andrew Clark in ‘The Breakfast Club’ and the Bandeau Playsuit (€40). Wear the playsuit during the day with gladiator sandals and in the evening throw on a pair of platform ankle boots and studded belt for understated glamour.
For those lucky ladies whose budgets lay between high street and high fashion – a lot of Wang’s designs have been reduced – you just need to look in the right places. Try The outnet.com (Netaporter’s “discount” store) and shopittome.co.uk , where almost all Wang’s pieces have at least 50% off!
Alexander Wang Shoes
There’s good news for this coming season too in that “borrowed-from-the-boys” shoes are back (to be fair, brogues never went away). In fact, the fifties are really embraced with a pair of Alexander Wang’s Karmen Patent Leather Loafers, (£438, Netaporter ) -aka “slip ons” in Irish terms !
These classic slip ons would look wonderful with some of the Wall Street influenced pieces from Wang’s autumn collection, or you could simply wear them with your favourite skinny jeans to create an Isabel Marant-inspired outfit.
And while Wang’s offering may be out of reach for many, I also heart Office Dilly Millys in black patent; the shoe’s low cut style will flatter a wide range of fabulous feet.Tweet