Few things in life evoke the giddy pleasure we feel when perusing Alexander Wang's line or trying on his garments. Frankly, even the sound of his name sends our fashion-devoted hearts racing, so believe us when we say we're still elated about our personal encounter with the designer last fashion week. The reason for our enthusiasm is simple: Wang's fall collection is exceptional. The pieces are a smart juxtaposition of masculine tailoring with sexy touches and the entire line will indubitably influence our wardrobes in the coming months.
It's hard to whittle down our favorite items from such a standout group, but nevertheless, we might have to call out Wang's Baggy Pants ($495), Cashmere Knit Beanies ($175, available at Barneys in September, 212.675.3846), and Asymmetrical Leather Vest ($830) speak to us in a particularly persuasive way. In a perfect world, everyone would have the budget to purchase these pieces (and the rest of line too), but even if you don't, there are still ways to get the Alexander Wang look. Read on for an affordable way to achieve the designer's fall vision of, "girls, running around in the night, having fun," and enjoy!
1. Delia's Motorcycle Fleece Jacket ($45)
This innovative piece of outerwear exudes the same sort off-duty model cool that Alexander Wang accomplished in his fall designs. It particularly reminds us of his Felted Wool Jacket ($794) and the Asymmetrical Leather Vest ($830), but it's available at a fraction of the price.
2. Topshop Mesh Tier Skirt ($40)
Just like the Bandage Skirt ($620) shown on the runway, this mesh nude skirt will add a feminine touch to an otherwise industrial outfit. You can go a step further in emulating the look and layer it over American Apparel's Interlocking Pencil Skirt ($32) in black for a truly "inspired by" style.
3. Lucky Brand Jeans Stash Bag ($168)
Wang put the finishing touch on his already brilliant designs by styling them with his new ten-piece selection of washed leather bags. We drooled over them in person and are particularly in lust with the distressed Black Leather Hobo Bag ($796) and Motorcycle Bag ($830). Lucky Brand Jeans' Stash Bag has a similar worn-in feeling and serves as a perfect budget-friendly substitute.
4. Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray ($23.99)
Even if you can't afford a single Alexander Wang piece, you can replicate the models' hair with this fantastic spray. The one and only hair genius, Guido, relied on this exact product for creating unkempt and messy locks when styling the models in for Wang's show.
5. MICHAEL Michael Kors Berkley T-Strap ($129)
Sadly, the cut-out booties with zippers worn by the models in Wang's fall show were specially produced by Manolo Blahnik just for the runway, and thus not available to the public. However, the MICHAEL by Michael Kors Berkley T-Strap Pumps are a truly stellar alternative. (Plus, the similar zipper detailing will correspond well with fall's chain-link jewelry craze.)
6. Forever 21 Burnout Top ($14.80)
Inspired by Wang's ultra-soft Longsleeve T-Shirt ($166), this semi-sheer top from Forever 21 will serve as a great basic piece in your winter wardrobe and is ideal for layering. Wear it underneath a vest, oversized blazer, or some chains to play up its rough-around-the-edges style.
7. American Apparel Recycled Beanie ($16)
Just like Wang's Cashmere Knit Beanies ($175), this hat will perfectly accent any casually undone and loose ensemble. It also happens to be made out of recycled cotton, which technically classifies it as ecologically-friendly!
8. Wasabi Multi Chain Knotted Bracelet ($99)
In addition to lending her styling know-how to the delightfully distressed looks at Wang's show, the marvelous Erin Wasson adorned the models in bodychain jewelry from her own personal collection. For a similar aesthetic, we like the delicately crafted Wasabi Multi Chain Knotted Bracelet. Check out Wasson's body armor-inspired jewelry line, LowLuv when it finally arrives at Maxfield (310.274.8800) next month. -Jessica Amento
Runway photos, courtesy of First View.