30 Candles

12.26.13

Happy 30th Birthday, Alexander Wang!

Alexander Wang is quite the accomplished 30-year old, holding the reins at both his namesake line and Balenciaga. To celebrate, here are life lessons according to the young designer.

On Street Style:

"Anyone can get dressed up and glamorous but it is how people dress in their days off that are most intriguing."

On Being Perfect:

"In the beginning I pushed toward perfection, but it takes time to get to certain places."

On Accessible Fashion:

"There's a tendency to think that young designers only do fantasy fashion, but I'm more interested in making clothes that women can afford."

On Growing Up:

"My mom would take me to restaurants, and the first thing I'd ask for would be a pen and a napkin, and I'd sketch shoes and shoes and shoes."

On Staying True:

"No one is going to understand your brand better than you."

On Creativity:

"I've always loved when girls carry their wallets as a clutch instead of a bag."

On Taking in the Moment:

"It's hard sometimes to take a step back and realize what's happened because you're always trying to move forward. You're always looking at the next palette."

On His Work:

"A lot of my work is a matter of reacting to surprises in life."

On Inspiration:

"I'm not like most designers, who have to set sail on an exotic getaway to get inspired. Most of the time, it's on my walk to work, or sitting on the subway and seeing something random or out of context."