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T by Alexander Wang

The Alexander Wang five-step plan for fashion-world domination:
1. Move from San Fran to NYC at age 18 to attend the esteemed Parsons school of design.
2. Drop out.
3. Create a killer debut women’s collection that makes boutique buyers salivate and converts the world’s hippest models, actresses and it-girls into steadfast devotees.
4. Win GQ Designer of the Year 2011, promptly upon your first foray into menswear.
5. Get named creative director of illustrious, 99-year-old fashion house Balenciaga.

That last point is a whole other story, so let’s focus on #4. Wang won over GQ with his T by Alexander Wang line of so-called “basics”—T-shirts, tanks and hoodies that, thanks to their meticulously slouchy “anti-fit” and superior fabrication, are in fact anything but basic.

These days, Wang is punctuating those high-end essentials with streamlined statement items, like the black-on-black cotton/leather shirt-jacket hybrid seen in the photos here. (You could call it a basic in the sense that you’ll wear it every day for years to come. As far as street-cred style points, though—it’s pretty exceptional.)


A few more favorites from the T by Alexander Wang collection (click images to shop each piece):


And, for your viewing pleasure, a sampling of the A-list it-girls and -guys Alexander Wang attracts—featuring A$AP Rocky, Azealia Banks and more:


 
SHOP: T BY ALEXANDER WANG FOR MEN

 
 

[Photography: Robin Stein. Styling: Ashley Helvey. Model: Gus Drake.
See more images from this series in our recent Rick Owens post, and on Nordstrom's Tumblr page.]

Mummy Kanye West. In a song lyric, the exact phrasing of which we can’t repeat here, West once inquired as to whether listeners have had romantic inclinations toward a Pharaoh. Well, we all know what’s under that tough, 24-karat-gold exterior: a well-rested mummy, limping around and moaning “Haaaaaanh?!” between witty verses. Start with a handy, Halloween-themed Morphsuit (toilet paper will suffice in a pinch, and you can prank your neighbor’s house with the leftovers). Layer on all-black biker gear—it’s safe to say Kanye and co. have transitioned out of the prep phase and into a goth-ninja motif. Finish with a back pain-inducing chain in the likeness of an Egyptian god, and you’re ready to hit tonight’s Halloween parties. Lambo optional—but try not to pull up in a Taurus.

7 For All Mankind Jeans | Replica Horus Chain | Obey Biker Jacket
T by Alexander Wang Muscle T-Shirt | Mummy Morphsuit | Gucci High-Tops

 

Kanye West Presents G.O.O.D. Music: Cruel Summer is available on iTunes.

The exhibit Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs
is at Seattle’s Pacific Science Center through January 6, 2013. 

More costume ideas: Dexter x Jell-O Shots | Zombie Ryan Gosling | White-Tie Vampire

 
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[Note: Our intention is not to imply that Kanye West has worn the exact items suggested; this is simply one way readers at home can emulate the look above. Images: Video still via rapfix.mtv.com, from the song 'Mercy,' by Kanye West feat. Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz, from the album Kanye West Presents G.O.O.D. Music: Cruel Summer, © 2012 The Island Def Jam Music Group. 'The Golden Mask of Psusennes I' by Elaine Thompson/The Associated Press. Horus Chain courtesy of Freshness Mag. Mummy suit courtesy of Party City. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]