Designer Profiles

Designer Profile: Alexander Wang
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Sunday, 01 May 2011 09:31
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Alexander Wang, renowned Chinese-American designer, has made a name for himself in the fashion world, despite the fact that he is just 27 years old. Born in San Francisco, California, Wang had an interest in fashion and a knack for style from an early age. Rather than attending a traditional four-year college, Wang enrolled at Parsons the New School for Design, where he studied fashion design. Although he dropped out before finishing his education at Parsons, his success certainly hasn't been hindered.

In 2007, Wang launched his first collection, a women's ready-to-wear line. The line embodies a "casual cool" style, taking inspiration from Paris and from 90's-esque, chic-grunge style. Even in his latest Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear line, Wang still presented clothing with the "sexy, tough, cool-girl attitude" for which he has come to be known and loved. Within a year, his clothing was already being sold at over two hundred stores nationwide (including Barneys, Opening Ceremony, and many others), and in 2008, Wang was nominated for a Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) award in womenswear. He won the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award in 2008, which earned him $20,000 to expand his lines. 

After receiving the CFDA award, Wang's popularity continued to grow - in 2009, he won the Swarovski Womenswear Designer of the Year Award as well as the Swiss Textiles Award. He won a Swarovski Award again in 2010, in the Accessories category. He has also recently opened a flagship store in Soho (in addition to the stores which already sold his merchandise). Wang was also named GQ's Best New Menswear Designer of the Year in 2010.

Besides his edgy, menswear-inspired designs, Wang has attained popularity in the fashion realm because his clothing lines appeal to women of various economic strata. While his runway shows are undeniably high-fashion and expensive, Wang has also collaborated with The Gap in 2008 and 2009, first as part of their White T-Shirt campaign and then as a featured designer. He has also created an Alexander Wang for Keds footwear line and an Alexander Wang for Uniqlo capsule collection, both in 2008.

Wang's designs been embraced by many Americans, from Vogue Magazine to Kate Bosworth, Kim Kardashian, Nicole Richie, Rachel Bilson, Mary Kate Olsen, and Gwyneth Paltrow. Kanye West, Alicia Keys, and Anna Wintour were all spotted in the front row of his Fall 2011 runway show. His simple-yet-dramatic styles are easy to carry over from the runway to everyday situations, but can also be dressed up for formal events or nights on the town. While Vogue admits that Wang's collections can, at times, be "quirky," his shows are always loyal to the grungy, real-girl figure he has created.

Two of our favorite reasons for loving Alexander Wang, though, are not his designs or the awards he's won, but the integrity by which he lives. His label is entirely family-run-- Wang's brother, Dennis, is the company's Chief Principle Designer, and his sister-in-law, Amie, is the label's CEO. The second reason? Wang recognizes the importance of giving back to the community-- ever since the recent earthquake in Japan, Wang has donated ten percent of his label's profits to the Japanese Red Cross Society.

In the last four years, Wang has done an incredible job of making a name for himself while still remaining down-to-earth. We have every confidence that his label will continue to flourish, and can't wait to see his future collections!


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Designer Spotlight: Phillip Lim
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Tuesday, 15 March 2011 21:57
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The now-legendary Phillip Lim stepped onto the fashion scene a mere 6 years ago with the help of his close friend Wen Zhou, a fabric supplier. Before creating his own lines, Lim worked for five years at the clothing label, Development.

But Lim hadn't always known that he would enter the field of design. In 1973, Lim was born in Thailand to Chinese parents, who soon moved to California to be safe from the Cambodian civil war. While living in California, Lim interned with Katayone Adeli, who was quick to recognize his innate talent for style and the art of design. With Adeli's influence, Lim and Zhou moved from California to New York to launch his first collection.

Soon after he made his first creations at the self-started Phillip Lim label, his designs caught the eye of many starlets, including Kate Hudson, Scarlett Johansson, Camilla Belle, and Natalie Portman. By his third season of runway shows, Lim had already struck it rich with consumers and gained critical acclaim in the fashion industry by writers at Vogue and other prominent fashion opinionates. Lim's womenswear style is recognized for combining feminine touches with professional looks, and he describes his menswear collections as "cool, easy, chic looks for men."

In 2007, Lim won the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Award for Emerging Designers in Womenswear when he was the creative director of 3.1 Phillip Lim. Following the award, Lim created a collaboration line with Uniqlo, and the line was a great success in the United States. Besides the 3.1 line, Lim has also started two other lines, Kid by Phillip Lim, a line of high-fashion children's clothes, and Go Green Go by Phillip Lim, a ready-to-wear collection that is sustainable and eco-friendly.

Dream to Seam: Ralph Rucci
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Thursday, 10 February 2011 14:27
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This is the premier episode of modaCYCLE's video series, Dream to Seam. This series features extended interviews with only the top designers, the first of which to be featured is American designer Ralph Rucci. Rucci is described to be one of the greatest designers to originate from America, being the first American ever invited to show under his own name during the Haute Couture week in Paris. The only addition has been the Japanese name, Chado (meaning traditional tea ceremony) completing the renown label name, Chado Ralph Rucci.

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Designer Profile: Henry Holland
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Monday, 31 January 2011 23:31
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After going to school with Agyness Deyn as a child, it's no surprise that British designer Henry Holland was destined to enter the fashion world. Known for 80's-inspired styles and incredibly clever slogans, House of Holland has taken the realm of style by storm.

Holland, now 27, attended the London College of Printing, where he graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism. With his ingenious catchphrases, which spoofed the names of eminent designers, he made a name for himself among the likes of Gareth Pugh and Giles Deacon. When the two heard about Holland's shirts, which included their names, they were far from angry at Holland for what many, at the time, saw as critical of the fashion industry. Instead, they wore his T-shirts to deliver closing remarks at their runway shows. Stores like Barney's in New York saw the designers wearing Holland's pieces, and asked him for slogans targeted toward their American base. Word about Holland's creativity continued to spread, and soon he was presenting a line of clothing that he developed for the company Fashion East at London Fashion Week.

By 2008, House of Holland was hosting its own show at London Fashion Week, sponsored by the flagship Topshop store in London. Agyness Deyn modeled Holland's designs at the show, and served as his muse for the collection. Besides Deyn, Holland has also claimed inspiration from Nicola Roberts. Pixie Geldof and Daisy Lowe have also modeled at House of Holland runway shows.

Today, House of Holland is recognized for its unique tight patterns, as well as the infamous T-shirts. The London line includes patterns with Big Ben and the Eiffel Tower, while the New York Topshop line offers a Statue of Liberty print, as well as Holland's classic bandana pattern. The House of Holland Spring/Summer 2011 RTW show includes bright colors and patterns that are sure to grab attention for whoever is bold enough to wear them. In addition to the House of Holland collections, Holland has worked on a denim-based collaboration with Levi Strauss and a line at the British department store Debenhams called  H! By Henry Holland.

Once again, Henry, you've stolen the show.

Rasa Zukauskaite in House of Holland Spring 2011 RTW. Photo: Yannis Vlamos, courtesy of


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Armani Says "nǐ hǎo" to New Chinese Store
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Thursday, 02 December 2010 13:18
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“In view of the increasing enthusiasm for online shopping and the growing importance of the Chinese market, I have decided to open an Emporio Armani online store in China,”

-Giogrio Armani

It seems that all designers are searching for more industry markets when it comes to the expansion of their reputable products. The latest expansion occurred this past Friday, November 26th, Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani launched his first Emporio Armani fashion store in China. The store can be accessed via internet, but this is just a stepping stone for fashion designers who are taking their talents to other market industries. In the past eight years, the firm has invested in 40 Armani locations. With China becoming the world’s fastest consumer market, it was only a matter of time for the Italy-based group to make their claim.

“Now China has Armani stores that can rival our best in New York, London, Paris, Milan or Tokyo. We believe this launch is the next logical step to serve our customers better, and to reach out to new customers who do not know our stores, or do not have easy access to them,” says John Hooks, deputy chairman of Giorgio Armani.

The website is Chinese culture related, with full on Chinese script, typology and design. Native Chinese models are being featured such as Chinese actress Akeshi Kaneshiro and Taiwanese actress Fanny Shu.

As read in a recent Yahoo news article, big US Corporation Gap also launched a store in China this past month, and the enormous corporation that is Wal-Mart is planning to do the same. Gucci, another Italian based group, went Chinese in October.

It seems like the World Wide Web isn't just linking us whole globally with mainstream media, like television shows and music artists, but also with haute couture. Can you imagine a runway ready world in all colors, shapes and sizes? I know I can.

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