>> Yesterday afternoon, Alexander Wang — in black hoodie, white t-shirt, jeans, and dirtied-up white sneakers — spent two hours taking pictures and chatting with fans at his Spring 2010 Barneys trunk show in New York. Wang was Barneys' number one trunk show seller last season, according to his PR director Leslie Rubisch — the sales racked up during that period accounted for fifty percent of Barneys' total Alexander Wang delivery — sold, three months before it even hit the floor. Needless to say, he had some expectations to live up to this time around. Vogue got the scoop on which three Spring 2010 pieces were the best-sellers yesterday, and we chatted with Alex for further details:
What's your favorite piece from the Spring 2010 collection?
Hmm, that's difficult. [Rubisch leans in: "I'm curious to hear what you're going to say!"] I feel like every day I change my mind. But I always seem to come back to Freja [Beha Erichsen]'s look, she really knows how to bring an outfit to life, which is so important in a model for me.
He does have a favorite shoe »I read on Opening Ceremony that girls have cried when they couldn't get ahold of your shoes. Which piece do you think that's most likely to happen with for Spring 2010?
I don't know if they'll cry, but Barneys has a 400 person-long waiting list for the [new version of the] Rocco bag already. We had three samples when we first came up with it a couple of seasons ago, decided off-hand to send one to Mary-Kate [Olsen], and it's just crazy. We had retailers calling about it before it even hit the runway the first time around [for Fall 2009].
As for new pieces this season, I think if anything it will be the leopard wedge. We've run out of the fabric, so we can't produce any more, but we still have stores and editors calling and asking to get more. Some have even asked to buy the samples. I personally love what I call the "Puggy Bundy mule" [after the character from Married... with Children] — the leopard mule.
One more question: any fun Halloween plans?
I haven't settled on a costume yet, and I don't want to say my ideas in case someone takes them. But I won't be in Manhattan — I'm hoping for a party at a big warehouse somewhere in Brooklyn, something that I just kind of stumble upon.