Ever looked into NY designer, Alexander Wang’s, gorgeous, slightly feminine face and wondered what he’s really like? Well, judging by the interview he’s just given to W magazine to celebrate the opening of his first shop in
No raindrops on roses for Alexander, the majority of his favourite things can be purchased with a credit card! Plus, there seem to be an awful lot of beauty products on here, although we conceed that his flawless skin and glossy mane probably don’t look after themselves, y’know. Says Alexander, ‘I’ve been getting facials at Ling for seven years. They’re painful, but they make my skin feel like it’s breathing. I also use about 80 percent of their products; Clearlight [a clarifying solution] is my favorite’
And, in the barnet department ‘traditional shampoo makes my hair very puffy and bouncy, like a Pantene Pro-V commercial, so I use [Paul Mitchell] light conditioner instead. Everyone thinks I perm my hair—for some reason they’ve never heard of Asians with natural curls’ (or maybe they’re just disbelieving at how un-puffy and bouncy it is, Alexander).
When relaxing at home (presumably in between beautifying treatments) his preferred aroma is Astier de Villatte candles, ‘They’re designed by Françoise Caron—who has created fragrances for Hermès and Acqua di Parma—and come in handblown glass containers from
Oh yes – and as well as his new store, the brand has also unveiled this amaze, um, poster. (top) Yep that’s right, it might look like an advert but in fact it’s really an ‘image piece’ Mr Wang explained that 'We restrained from using those words, because you set yourself up for doing things in a systematic way — like rolling out ads in the magazines certain times of the year,’ Wang told WWD. He prefers to call it an ‘image piece,’ adding, ‘For us, it’s about testing the waters and doing something out of the box.’
Poke fun as we might, it seems that the NY youngster's brand is going from strength to strength - so well done!
- Naomi Attwood