Champion of downtown chic Alexander Wang founded his namesake line in 2004 at age 19, debuting at New York Fashion Week in 2007. His “off duty model” aesthetic, a take on casual, streetwise luxury with a youthful and urban edge, caught on immediately, winning him the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund award in 2008 and subsequent CFDA awards for Womenswear and Accessory Designer of the Year in 2009 and 2011. Wang’s conceptual and stylish looks combine understated edginess with great tailoring and athletic undertones. Rounded out by his signature Rockie, Diego, and Prisma bags and backpacks and each season’s range of covetable shoes, the designer conveys a modern vision of femininity animated by contrasts: playful and tough, sexy and androgynous, provocative and refined. His collections remain focused and confident, providing chic downtown comfort that will always be in demand.