Alexander Wang's Reputation-Making Fashion Moments

We may depend on Wang for tees and chic sweatpants, but the reason for all that brand "buzz" is evident in his dossier of edgy, fashion-forward looks.

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News of Alexander Wang's reported appointment as Creative Director of French fashion label Balenciaga may surprise some of his t-shirt or sweatpant devotees. It prompted us to look back at the designer's most fashion-forward moment because, after all, there's a reason for all that "buzz." Back in 2008, Wang coined the phrase "Model Off Duty" to describe his casually cool menswear-inspired collection, which included the perfect slouchy tweed jacket.
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In the spring of '09, Wang experimented with his own version of minimalism, offering up stripped down separates with asymmetrical hemlines in fresh, sorbet shades.
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Wang's "football" inspired fall '09 season may not have been a retail success, but those padded shoulders, athletic socks and tough leather accessories were cemented into editors' memories. The "sidebraid," meanwhile, became the must-have 'do of the season.
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Flash forward to fall '09, when Wang looked to '90s goth flicks like "The Craft" for inspiration. Mini dresses, fishnet accents and bare midriffs were in abundant supply.
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Spring '11 proved a more directional collection for Wang, rendered in crisp white (a major change from Wang's typical black palette) and finished with tech accents.
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The ribbon-like, slashed-hem skirts from Wang's fall '11 collection became "de rigeur" among top editors and It girls that season.
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Fall 2012 and Wang's dimly-lit catwalk was filled with models (their faces were covered in black netting) clad in sculpted outerwear and heavy-duty leathers.
For spring '13, Wang showed off his technical expertise, executing an elaborate zebra-stripe motif with sheer cut-outs.
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