After just three short years at Balenciaga, Alexander Wang’s tenure has come to a close. While many would prefer to see the New York-based designer focus on his namesake, rumors have been circulating for weeks about who would follow in Wang’s footsteps at the helm of the Paris-based fashion house.
And there it went, another year behind us. As always, 2014 was full of major moments in the world of fashion, with some happenings expanding outside of that sphere. From another wave of designer musical chairs to the losses of industry icons, from epic comebacks to a new crop of models to get excited about, let’s take a look back at this wild, unforgettable year.
After the announcement of Alexander Wang’s H&M collaboration earlier this year, customers have been anxiously anticipating a preview of the coveted capsule collection. Well, now all of the looks are here, including tons of neoprene, utilitarian winter outerwear, and items garnished with a bold “WANG” logo. There were some great bags and shoes, too, like those slide-on sandals, leather high-top sneakers, and leather backpacks. And let’s not forget about the accessories. Bringing a few things from his “items” collection to the masses, Wang threw in the towel…literally. He also threw in a pair of goggles, a water bottle, a trophy, boxing gloves, keychains, and a whistle ring (because why not?).
The collection epitomizes Wang’s minimal, sporty aesthetic, providing tons of timelessly stylish pieces; we’re putting virtually every single thing on our wish list, to be honest. And while a lot of these items would make great investment pieces, there’s no need to shell out all of your money. In the event that you somehow forgot about H&M’s remarkable prices, you’d be pleasantly surprised to find out that many of these pieces come in below the $400 mark.
Every H&M designer collaboration is kind of a big deal, with customers lining up hours before store openings to get their hands on these pieces before they run out. Meanwhile, Alexander Wang is undoubtedly one of the biggest contemporary labels of the moment. The New York-based designer’s mass following expands well-beyond the realms of the high fashion niche. In other words, it wouldn’t be surprising if the release of this collection resulted in utter pandemonium. We’d definitely recommend reading up on some tips for shopping an H&M designer collaboration, especially this one. And in case your calendars aren’t already marked (which they definitely should be by now), Alexander Wang’s collection for H&M will be available at select H&M stores and at hm.com on November 6.
Check out the full Alexander Wang x H&M lookbook below!
Take the heat and go where the wind blows. Summer is upon us, and this one’s bound to be endless.
Photos, styling, editing, creation, and execution by Scott Shapiro.
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The title pretty much says it all. For H&M’s next designer collaboration, the fast-fashion powerhouse has tapped none other than it-designer Alexander Wang. Wang made his Instagram debut with a teaser video for the collection (below), while also breaking the news at a Coachella party. The video features nothing more than field lights and a countdown clock with the numbers 11:06, implying that the collaboration will hit stores on November 6 of this year.
H&M’s past collaborations have come from the likes of Versace, Alber Elbaz for Lanvin and most recently Isabel Marant, whose collection for the global retailer sent sales through the roof. And with Wang’s immense popularity beyond the realms of just the fashion industry, there’s no doubt that this endeavor will be one of the biggest mashups yet. It’s also pretty likely that this will warrant crazed crowds and possible stampedes upon it’s retail debut; it’s recommended that shoppers prepare themselves ahead of time for potential madness. But until the highly anticipated November 6 release date, we can all stay up-to-date on the latest news for Wang’s H&M collaboration via Instagram.
The fall 2014 collections have all been shown, and many of these to-die-for pieces will be in stores within the blink of an eye. But at the moment, all of the greatest items from the spring 2014 collections are permeating the top retail locations, giving us a lot to take in.
For me personally, my birthday is right around the corner, and compiling a wish list is essential. Okay, maybe I’m being a little aspirational with some of these picks, but it never hurts to dream, right? And I’m sure you’ll see where I’m coming from once you take a look at these covetable sporty, neoprene, leather and other pieces. Check out my spring 2014 wish list, featuring some hot items that I’m sure plenty of you will love just as much as I do.
3.1 Phillip Lim neoprene box-cut jacket, $650
Vibrant yet minimal, this structured, brightly colored jacket would be the perfect addition to an otherwise monochromatic wardrobe.
With warmer weather approaching (or at least we can hope), maybe that jacket would serve a little less of a purpose. In that case, bring on this short-sleeved sweatshirt in the same lively hue and perfect material.
Calvin Klein Collection navy neoprene sky print t-shirt, $595
The spring 2014 Calvin Klein menswear collection conveyed an incredible balance of nature with the brand’s signature minimalism, embodied by this heavenly t-shirt. The worst part? It’s tough to decide between the navy or light blue version.
Calvin Klein Collection blue neoprene & mesh sweater, $695
Clearly, Phillip Lim and Italo Zucchelli won my heart this season. This sleek and sporty sweatshirt brought to you by the latter designer is another hot item that I’m dying to get my hands on.
Oh, look! More neoprene! This Lanvin jacket is a little less sporty, but it’s just as lovable. A perfect example of the mastery of Alber Elbaz and Lucas Ossendrijver, no one can deny the utter happiness that would come from owning this piece.
Maybe the white leather details on the last outerwear weren’t enough. Why not go even further with this Lanvin all-white leather jacket? The absence of color on the sharp silhouette takes the rock ‘n’ roll staple to a place of purity and ultimate perfection.
A black leather biker jacket is an essential (though I’d never turn down the white Lanvin one). Taking that into account, this painfully beautiful lambskin number by Alexander Wang is another one of bests of the season, combining sleek sophistication with an urban twist like Wang does best.
Alexander Wang black leather bubble embossed t-shirt, $1395
Also by Mr. Wang, this leather t-shirt is indicative of the look of the future. Forget a plain black tee when you can add texture, quality and dynamism to a sharp and simple shape.
It’s still technically the spring 2014 season, making oversized silhouettes still very much a thing in menswear. It didn’t seem like it could get any better until this Yang Li top came along; the color, fabric, shape and texture are giving life to what would have been just another basic.
Continuing the theme of structured shapes and sleek silhouettes, this Kenzo piece represents the brand’s playful spirit through a scribbled-on check print. Oh, and you’ll never guess what fabric it’s made of…
Denis Gagnon black neoprene hooded bomber jacket, $700
Call me predictable, but I can’t help but love every beautiful piece that’s reminiscent of high fashion scuba gear this season. This Denis Gagnon specimen is just as great as all of its neoprene counterparts on this list, while a touch of gold makes it look like something of royalty.
Another masterpiece from Denis Gagnon, this shirt is even more scuba-esque, while the glossy ribbed details provide a somewhat darker element. Shape, structure, sleekness and texture. What could be better?
Neil Barrett white colorblocked neoprene shorts, $510
Like I said before, warm weather will be here before we know it, and I’m going to need some shorts. Rounding off the incessant parade of neoprene (I’ll try to cut back, I promise), this pair from Neil Barrett is basically the best sports attire, only created with pure luxury. The pop of red doesn’t hurt, either.
D.gnak by Kang.d black leather zip-tripped shorts, $780
When it’s painfully hot out, wearing leather shorts might not seem like the best idea. However, style has a tendency to trump comfort, and these supple leather bottoms would definitely make it worth the struggle.
J.W. Anderson black leather double-cuff jacket, $1800
Could a jacket get any more minimal? I didn’t think so. And with my love for minimalism equal to that of my love for puppies, this J.W. Anderson leather is going to be on my mind for quite some time.
Alexander McQueen black & white leather tote, $1995
I used to be completely against totes. I rejected the idea of carrying something around all day, especially something so reminiscent of a woman’s handbag. But okay, I finally caved. Any sort of two-tone black and white item will instantly grab my attention, especially when its resourceful quality is combined with a powerful shape.
Alexander Wang black pebbled leather wallie backpack, $1095
On the topic of bags, few things are better than a top-notch leather backpack. I think this Alexander Wang classic would do the trick.
Maybe the last sandals could provide a little too much coverage in the midst of summer’s potentially oppressive heat. If so, this Jil Sander pair does just the opposite, allowing ventilation to commingle with fancy footwear.
Oh, and one more pair of shoes. Sneakers are everything this season, especially in bold colors and luxurious materials. These Lanvin kicks are better than some of the options from the “best” American sports brands.
A little retro yet a lot timeless, I would potentially sell my soul for a pair of Dior Homme black tie sunglasses. If I had to pick a specific style, these rounded frames would be more than sufficient.
We’ve already talked about how sporty styles have become omnipresent in the latest collections, and this hot trend is definitely one to follow. But there’s a fine line between incorporating a little athleticism into your look and wearing straight-up workout gear. Balancing your sneakers, sweatshirts or track pants with otherwise dressed-up items is one go-to technique. Of course, it’s never a bad idea to keep things somewhat cohesive, whether through multiple sportswear pieces or a constant color scheme. Meanwhile, high-quality fabrics and sleek silhouettes finalize the proper styling tactics. Although there are plenty more ways to achieve this look, here are a couple suggestions for taking on the sporty trend the right way:
Let these Pierre Hardy sneakers be the centerpiece of your sleek and sporty ensemble, adding metallic vibrance to the minimal separates. While this Alexander Wang neoprene sweatshirt keeps up the athletic aesthetic, a fun pair of shades keeps things looking bold. Tie all of the elements together with this equally urban Proenza Schouler satchel.
Neil Barrett Colour Block Neoprene Sweatshirt
$415 – harveynichols.com
There’s definitely room for the guys, too. Though this outfit could easily pass as some sort of sports uniform, it’s the luxe quality of each item that keeps it at the pinnacle of style. Starting off with the coveted Rick Owens x Adidas kicks, the look already has a sense of texture and austerity. A simple pair of Neil Barrett sweats allow for the same designer’s neoprene top to take over, adding the necessary pop of color to this all-black ensemble. And don’t forget to properly accessorize and reflect that color with this Dior Homme “chiffre rouge” timepiece. Throw on the essential 31 Hour Backpack from 3.1 Phillip Lim, top it all off with a sleek pair of Dior Homme sunglasses and get ready to win in terms of sports and style.
It’s been said before, and it will probably be said again and again, but fashion seems to be taking a turn towards athleticism. There have been hints of this trend for a while now, with sneakers, sweats and technical fabrics popping up here and there. But the spring 2014 menswear season is when things really took off, with designers like Frida Giannini at Gucci, Massimiliano Giornetti at Salvatore Ferragamo, Phillip Lim, Italo Zucchelli at Calvin Klein Collection, Neil Barrett, Dries Van Noten and countless others throwing together ensembles that could’ve easily been sports uniforms. However, this wasn’t a one-season trend, rather the beginning of a fashion phenomena. Of course, the men’s styles began to spill over into the women’s collections. Sportswear even went to the extent of luxe trainers appearing in the couture collections of Chanel and Dior; you know a trend is huge when it permeates the one-of-a-kind haute couture track.
Continuing in several fall 2014 menswear collections, items such as anoraks and cuffed drawstring trousers were redone for the cooler months. As of New York Fashion Week, the trend was still going strong for ladies, too. What’s most exciting about the popularity of sporty styles is the statement they make. Instead of fashion dictating to the people, it seems like this urban sensibility came from streetwear itself. Sure, this invites plenty of gimmicky parody sports jerseys, obnoxious hipster interpretations and contrived street style bait, but it’s fascinating to see the trend properly executed by true design experts. It also doesn’t hurt that these aerodynamic, workout-ready silhouettes are done in optimum quality fabrics, reminding us that this is still fashion.
We can thank Riccardo Tisci for one, as his typically streetwear-influenced ensembles were some of the first to spark the marriage of high fashion to urban athleticism. Alexander Wang’s “New York cool” aesthetic helped push the trend further, and from there, plenty of other labels have quickly caught on. No matter who you attribute this style to, there’s no doubting that sportswear is all the rage.
Check out some of the best looks that fit into this hot trend!
New York and London flew by, Milan is in full swing and the grand finale, Paris is just around the corner. Yet there’s never any harm in prioritizing the essentials when it comes to a hectic, nonstop month of long, exhausting days. While the forecast at NYFW called for parkas and snow boots, there are still negotiable options for staying stylish even in a freakish polar vortex. Seeing some shows is never bad, but the experience is even better when prepared with the right items.
While this is definitely coming from a bit more of a menswear slant (sorry, ladies), there’s still plenty of versatility in this selection. No matter what city you’re in, whether you’re doing ready-to-wear, menswear or couture, here are a few suggested Fashion Week essentials.
Dior Homme Black Tie Sunglasses, $354.59 at FarFetch: A little shade is always necessary in maintaining personal style, and these sunnies are chic enough to get you noticed without entering the ridiculous Fashion Week eyewear category.
“Heartbreak” Raglan Sleeve Coat, $274 at Sandro: You probably didn’t forget that it’s still winter; the stinging cold is pretty inevitable. But there’s no need to torture yourself when running from show to show, as this sleek navy coat with a minimalistic concealed button placket will automatically make you one of the warmest and most stylish Fashion Week participants. And it’s on sale!
Leica X2 Digital Compact Camera, $1,995 at Leica: Sure, your iPhone is still necessary for snapping some sweet Instagrams, but let’s face it, your images will be far from perfect. Meanwhile, a DSLR camera is often a burden to carry around and to figure out how to use. If you want high-quality photos of all the Fashion Week action with the convenience of a point-and-shoot, this is definitely your match.
The 31 Hour Backpack, $1,250 at 3.1 Phillip Lim: It seems like most guys are only carrying around totes and those portfolio/document case bags during Fashion Week. While both are undeniably stylish, who wants to carry that around all day? Gift bags, personal items and other essentials would fit perfectly in a backpack, particularly this one from 3.1 Phillip Lim. With the sporty streetwear trend so huge at the moment, you’ll look just as good and feel 31 times better.
Eau Thermale Face Spray, $12.99 at La Roche Posay: Okay, this might seem a little questionable, but really, it’s amazing. Soothing your skin in the midst of chaos is even better than you’d think, and you’ll be instantly addicted to this product.
Maison Martin Margiela Eau de Toilette Replica “Jazz Club,” $113.74 at Colette: Seriously, this smells exactly like Silencio (if you haven’t been to the Parisian hotspot yet, you’ll know what this means eventually). Nevertheless, you’ll need something strong yet alluring to get you through long days, and this definitely fits the bill.
Snacks, Price and retailer vary: “Fashion people” have to eat, too, and no one wants to encounter a hungry, pissed off editor/stylist/buyer/blogger/etc. Often times, gift bags at shows come with no grub whatsoever, so you’ve got to BYOF. Whether the healthiness of fruits and veggies or the convenience of potato chips, everyone’s got to fuel up somehow.
Acne Studios Black Leather Trousers, $1,350 at SSense: Yes, leather pants are essential. Don’t question it anymore, just enjoy the sleek edge they bring to any and every ensemble.
Rick Owens Black Leather Jacket, $4,614 at The Corner: Even more necessary than leather pants is a leather jacket, particularly a Rick Owens leather jacket.
Transportation, Price and retailer may vary: You have to get around somehow, right? While plenty of editors have personal drivers and certain cities have top-notch taxi services, it never hurts to invest in a MetroCard to navigate New York or a NaviGo to make the rounds in Paris.
Black Stingray Embossed Notebook, $69 at Alexander Wang: Even if you’re not a journalist, Fashion Week is an explosion of inspiration. Don’t let the thoughts and ideas that all of those shows provoke go to waste.
Maison Martin Margiela Patent High Top, $890 at Barneys: Following the resourcefulness of a backpack, running around from show to show is exponentially easier with the right footwear. While some might advise against white sneakers, these Maison Martin Margiela kicks are some of the best imaginable.
Neil Barrett Color-Block Neoprene Sweatshirt, $490 at Lane Crawford: A good statement piece is a must for Fashion Week, even for the most dressed-down attendees. Add some lively color to an outfit with this sweatshirt made in the new best fabric ever, neoprene.
All photos for this article via the items’ respective websites