Since I converted my heart to the darker side of style, Alexander Wang has been one of my inspirations when it comes to dressing up. I fell in love with Wang’s DNA of sporty elements to make a high fashion street look with a big consideration to the word comfort. Not to mention that most of his collections are monochromatic which makes it easier to love. So just imagine how gleeful I was when Alexander Wang and H&M announced their collaboration in Coachella this year. The glee was changed into wonderment why would Wang do such a collaboration when in fact, his eponymous brand is only 10 years old. Most of H&M’s former collaborations were with these fashion houses with deep rich heritages that go way back many years ago. With a very deep thought, why should Wang not do it? In the course of a decade, he has proven his strong presence in the fashion industry by creating his label that took the world by storm and has been almost synonymous to the sporty fashion trend. He has also added creative director of the prestigious house of Balenciaga in November of 2012 in replacement to Nicolas Ghesquire.. And now he’s the first American designer to collaborate with the Swedish fashion pride H&M for their 10 year anniversary of designer collaborations. What’s different about this one from other H&M collaborations is Alexander Wang didn’t dig in his archives to revive his iconic pieces for them but instead, he designed a new collection for this special occasion.
Last October 30, I was invited by H&M to a special shopping party of the Alexander Wang collection, a week before it becomes available in selected H&M stores world wide. I thought that a special shopping party will be tamer compared to the official release date in stores. But I was wrong. Once I entered the very constructional space, it was already a bloodbath of consumers, trying to get hold of all their wanted items. Though I was on time, I wasn’t able to get everything that I wanted aside from the Wang bonnet and a breathable long sleeved shirt with a big monogram logo on the left sleeve which were enough to make me happy. Lesson learned!
The logo beanie which was my most wanted item from the collection. I was looking all over the place for the accessories and I found it in a suspended rack above the women’s section. Oh my God! I was so happy when I found it and was willing to be the only thing that I could by from the shopping party.
This was my swimming shorts of the summer which is the perfect bottom for my look.
This Wang backpack brought me all the 90’s childhood nostalgia in me. I remember when I was still an active member of the church. Most of the kids then had this kind of bags and it was so kind of H&M to make these freebies to all the customers who came to the shopping party. This is the perfect example of what Wang said in everything he does. He said before that he wants to make people remember something through his items.
This jersey that I’m wearing here is also one of the freebies given to all the shoppers of the party. Even if I wasn’t able to buy the logo sweater that I wanted, I didn’t go home empty handed with that bag and this jersey that says TEAM WANG in the front and TEAM H&M at the back. It’s actually reversible so you can use both sides.
I’m not Miss Sporty at all but I can look like one if you want me to. After all, Alexander Wang told himself that his target audience for this collection are those ones who want to look fashionably sporty even though they don’t go to the gym or play any sport. I’m definitely one of them. Well, I used to play volleyball when I was in high school and I still do it here in Tokyo whenever I have the opportunity to do so. So maybe I’m not. But definitely, I’m Team Wang and that’s all that matters.
Now let me show you guys some of the pics I caught with my iPhone during the shopping party. It happened in an industrial place called Temporary Contemporary in Tsukishima in Chuo ku.