Along with a new lavish studio space in Tribeca, there are plenty of exciting new changes coming the way of young San Franciscan Alexander Wang, as he revealed to WWD.
Wang has plans to release a line of footwear in select stores this spring. The collection is going to be made up of five different styles, all of which are tentatively to be Wang’s take on the summer staple that is the platform sandal.
Look out for plenty of leather, fetish inspirations and plenty of chunky medal hardware. The shoes are meant to toughen up what Wang promises to be a more feminine look for his upcoming Spring collection, said to be influenced by the sunny, flashy city of Miami.
Wang has also decided to release a diffusion line of t-shirts and tank tops, simply to be named T by Alexander Wang. As he pointed out to WWD, “I realized there were no T-shirts that spoke to my aesthetic… You have those L.A. brands and then you have the $200, $300 shirts from The Row and Rick Owens.”
Set to consist mainly of basic tank tops and t-shirts, the line is sure to easily be able to slide right into rotation with his signature off-duty model-inspired aesthetic.
The line thus far is to consist of 12 different styles, with a price range of $20-50, in a variety of colors and cuts.
Wang told WWD about the line, “Necklines are stretched and armholes are strategically lowered so that it looks worn in… It’s like sleeping in a T-shirt and then wearing it the next day. It’s not this crisp little T out of the dryer. It’s draped and kind of wilted.”
These changes are more than likely inspired by recent successes seen in the past year concerning Wang’s design efforts. His fall sales numbers increased by an impressive 60 percent, while his spring sales were up by 40 percent. So far this year, the hype surrounding the young talent has earned him close to eight million, with even more growth expected to be seen in 2009.
Photos courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.