Two things that true Alexander Wang fans already know: The man loves music, as evidenced by his killer pre-show and runway playlists each season, and he knows a thing or two about tech. He’s partnered with Samsung to create a gym sack using sketches from his Galaxy Note II, and he’s projected his runway shows in Times Square and onto the walls of buildings around New York City. The designer’s latest partnership, a limited-edition line for Beats by Dr. Dre, is a perfect marriage of the two.
Somehow, between designing for his eponymous label and for Balenciaga, Wang found the time to create a three-piece collection for the popular audio brand, which includes his personal take on the Beats Studio headphones, the Beats Pill wireless speaker and the lightweight urBeats earbuds.
While you’re probably used to seeing a rainbow of Beats by Dr. Dre products whenever you walk down the street or hit the gym, the designer chose a minimalist (and undeniably Wang) color scheme of matte black and gold for his pieces. The designer has made his love for hip-hop widely known over the years — greats like Foxy Brown and Busta Rhymes have performed at his after-parties, and musicians like Diplo, A$AP Rocky and Azealia Banks have starred in his ad campaigns — which makes his collaboration with Beats seem even more organic.
Prices in the collection range from $199 to $499, and will be available on both alexanderwang.com and beatsbydre.com on Dec. 16. Fashion people have had a tendency to hate on Beats by Dre headphones on account of their omnipresence (and, at times, cheesiness), but with the sleek pair that Wang designed, we’re betting they’ll change their tune pretty fast.