Shorts Take: Alexander Wang’s Tuxedo Alternative-------
Just as boys will be boys, fashion designers will be fashion designers. So while Marc Jacobs surprised us all by showing up in actual pants, Swarovski Womenswear Designer winner Alexander Wang mixed things up with a formal shorts look. Piece by piece, Wang’s tidy look actually consisted of black cotton-sateen Comme des Garçons shorts, a white Band of Outsiders oxford and a black vintage Helmut Lang tux jacket. (Wasn’t he in high school when Helmut was still helming his eponymous house? ) “It’s for me to feel comfortable,” explained Wang backstage. “I always feel awkward in a full get-up. You’ve got to break it up a little.” Of course, when his name was announced, Wang realized that his gentlemanly gesture of lending his jacket to his date might get him in trouble, but he wriggled it back on just in time to accept his award on stage.