This New York designer makes everything It: slouchy tees, studded handbags and luxury sweatpants. Now, it’s his jeans line Denim X Alexander Wang. Here’s why everybody’s going to want a piece of it.
IT OFFERS VINTAGE STYLES THAT’LL ACTUALLY FIT
“There is something very covetable and real about vintage non-stretch denim. A lot of my girlfriends (like model Hanne Gaby Odiele on the left and model/stylist Erin Wasson on the right) alter vintage (men’s) jeans so that they fit better, and I wanted to translate that into the collection. The result is a women’s line based on classic men’s jeans, but tweaked to suit the female silhouette. The finish is meant to replicate the look of jeans that have been worn in and naturally aged over time.”
YOU’LL LOOK GOOD IN ALL THREE CUTS
“The slimmest is the Wang 001 (centre) that has minimal stretch – just 1 per cent in the indigo washes and 2 per cent in the black wash – so that it’s slim, not skinny. It’s high-rise and sits on the waist (so it makes legs look longer). The hems are also wider to go over narrow boots for even more elongated legs.
“Wang 002 (left) is a more relaxed style with zero stretch, so it’s more comfortable to move around in. Like men’s jeans, it sits low and slouchy on the hips, but the legs are tapered to flatter women better.
“The last style is Wang 003 (right), a slouchy boyfriend cut that’s 100 per cent cotton so it has a crisp finish. The masculine feel is accentuated by straight hips and a dropped rise in front. The legs are tapered to balance the boyishness and help maintain a pegged look after you roll up the cuffs.”
IT’S TYPICAL A-WANG COOL
“Denim X Alexander Wang is another extension of my brand – it’s important that this line caters to the same customer as our main ready-to-wear and T lines. [To reflect the brand identity…] I’ve used subtle, all-black details like matte tack buttons and rivets. They look less obvious and more modern than the copper rivets usually used on vintage denim. I’ve also included a black leather belt loop and a custom sewn-in coin pocket (leather and thoughtful details are a Wang trademark).”
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An adapted version of this story first appeared in Female‘s April issue, out on newsstands now.
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