Azealia Banks has been courted by just about everyone on the fashion scene but it was her partnership with Alexander Wang for the Met Gala that really made sense. Like M.I.A. and Zoe Kravitz, who have both attended the event with the designer in the past, Banks represents that effortlessly cool vibe that Wang has become synonymous with.
It should come as no surprise, then, that the pair have decided to collaborate again. This time it's for Wang's T line, as the rapper has been announced as the new face of the line. Azealia 'exudes a certain rawness that makes her a very unique talent,' the designer told Style.com. 'I loved working with her on this video for T Fall 2012, and think the collaboration captures a collision of energies.'
Alexander Wang's T collection couldn't be further from his mainline collection, but that's exactly what makes his growing empire so strong. Over the past few seasons, Wang has developed T to have a complete aesthetic of it's own and it's one that continues to go down well with editors and customers alike.
All of the staples were there from racer back tees to simple maxi dresses. My favourite pieces were the white shorts playsuit with sheer detail along the chest and big pockets, as well as the grey utility jacket and peach maxi dresses with cut out stips along the ribs.
Yesterday GQ revealed the finalists for their annual competition. Nominees include Patrik Ervell, T by Alexander Wang, Miller's Oath designer Kirk Miller, Gant by Michael Bastian, Riviera Club designers Joe Sadler, Greg Ullery and Warriors of Radness designer Rick Klotz.
Fashionista reports that Dockers have come on board this year as the sponsors so the finalists will design a capsule collection for the brand set to be available in Bloomingsdale come fall. Above that, designers will also have the benefit of being mentored by a strong panel of industry figures such as Tommy Hilfiger, Kevin Harter (vice president of fashion direction at Bloomingdale's) and Steven Kolb.
We all know Alexander Wang supports choosing underwear as outerwear, and now he's offering pieces to help make that trend happen more readily. As of yesterday, the designer launched his first underwear collection online. As part of the T by Alexander Wang range, his bras and briefs are "definitely intended to be seen." Expect to pay $48 to $72 for the new pieces. In addition, Wang's site also now offers PVC bags, as well as limited quantities of the leopard-print Diego bag. Get to shopping, ladies.
Sports luxe is the answer to all of your off-duty looks. It is casual yet chic: Forget the '80s vibe of last year as there are no leg warmers in sight. To do this trend well, combine expensive jersey with sports wear - luxurious finishes are key. Alexander Wang mixed American football-inspired pieces with animal print and high heels. The look is effortless yet glossy and will be the comfiest trend of them all, so be a sport and get casual!