You know how whenever a fashion visionary/designer/important person is interviewed, he or she is almost always asked to describe his or her fashion sense in three words? Well, I often think about how I would answer this question just because, you know, maybe someone will one day deem me cool enough to ask me to describe my personal style. Turns out, I can very easily reduce a summation of my entire wardrobe into three little words: Too. Much. Black.
If you asked me to use three adjectives it would be a more difficult task – I’d probably go with edgy/casual/glam? Or maybe edgy/eclectic/classic? Urban/eclectic/comfortable?
It’s a work in progress to be sure, but there’s one thing I can tell you: Alexander Wang is the name that comes to mind when I think of any of these adjectives in sartorial context. He’s also a big fan of the color black, so basically he’s my spirit animal.
Like most uber talented and famous designers, Wang puts out pieces that aren’t quite accessible to the average college girl. They fall in the contemporary range, meaning they won’t drain thousands of dollars from your wallet – but they’re also in a class removed from the likes of Forever 21 and H&M.
A few days ago, news broke that Wang will team up for a collaboration with H&M, which is, IMHO, the best thing to happen to the world of affordable fashion since Zara opened. Admittedly, collaborations that pair fast fashion with established designers aren’t always all they’re cracked up to be. They have serious upsides – the price being an obvious one – but the goods that are sold at H&M never really measure up the ones the designer usually puts out in terms of quality and construction. Often these pieces photograph beautifully….but they just don’t look as great in person.
But I digress. If you want to know more about my views on designer collabs, head here.
My prediction for this collaboration? It’s going to be a sweeping success, especially given Wang’s popularity. He’s sort of the designer whose name is on everybody’s lips at the moment – a celebrity favorite who recently took the Creative Director position at Balenciaga. He’s extraordinarily accomplished for a 30-year-old; then again, his youth might be his secret weapon. His designs are just so modern and wearable, another factor that’ll surely make this collection a huge success. He designs clothes that appeal to young people – casual, comfortable pieces with just the right amount of urban edge – and I feel like even if the pieces in this particular collaboration aren’t super high-quality, they are going to look cool, which is pretty much the best way I can describe Alexander Wang in general.
Expect this collaboration to drop at H&M stores on November 6.
[Lead image via The Selby]