Last year, Alexander Wang won the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award and this year he's won the Swiss Textile award. The prize, which comes with 100,000 euros (about $150,000) was given to Rodarte last year. The money's meant to help younger brands develop their international presence though really, aside from the runners up who are given Swiss fabric vouchers, it can be used for anything. The judging panel included Isabel Toledo and i-D's Ben Reardon. Alex said, "I’m so honored to take this award...This year has been an amazing year for us as a company and as a family. Taking it forward and growing as a business has helped us realize a lot of things. The monetary component [of this prize] is always a big help, no matter what size business you are. The most important thing is to keep improving what you do and keep on moving forward. [It's] like the cherry on the cake.” Is there anything else left for him to win?
Alexander Wang Designs an $85 Spilt Coffee T-Shirt for Starbucks: Would You Buy It?
Alexander Wang, Sophie Theallet and Billy Reid have each won a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award in the past three years, and the talented designers are no doubt in high demand for collaborative projects. So who has the powerhouse trio decided to partner with? None other than coffee-giant Starbucks. In one of the most unlikely collaborations we've ever heard of, Wang, Theallet and Reid have all designed limited-edition tees in celebration of Starbucks' 40th birthday. Each tee will be sold in-stores as well as online and, like everything else Starbucks produces, they will feature the instantly-recognizable logo of the brand (albeit slightly hidden).