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July 26 2014

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Exclusive: A$AP Rocky And Friends For Alexander Wang

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Alexander Wang’s world domination tour kicked off in Beijing, where the designer opened his first international flagship in May. Naturally, he’s not one to do such a thing quietly. To toast the occasion, he brought in A$AP Rocky, Diplo, and, for good measure, Penn Badgley to rock the underground parking lot beneath the store. Their outfits: Alexander Wang. Kitted out in the designer’s Fall ’12 collection—the same one now hitting stores—the trio also took part in the designer’s first menswear video, shot in Beijing during the store opening bash. It debuts exclusively here on Style.com. (For an accompanying video on the Beijing store, check out Wang’s own Web site.) As for Wang himself, Beijing is just the beginning. The designer has just opened a Shanghai store in the Shanghai Reel shopping center; another will follow in the spring of 2013.

Foreign Exchange: Alexander Wang Brings New York To Beijing

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“It’s about energy, doing something different—bringing a bit of New York to Beijing,” Alexander Wang shouted over the din at a party celebrating his new flagship in Beijing on Friday night. For Wang, “different” meant going underground, literally: The bash took place in the subterranean parking garage beneath his store. (The invitations? Battery-powered traffic wands.)

Entering the two-story shop in the city’s Sanlitun Village North complex, where Wang joins Balenciaga, Lanvin, and a spinoff of Dover Street Market, guests first sipped Champagne within a glam-modernist interior of gray terrazzo floors, white marble plinths, and bronzed mirrors before being ushered into an elevator heading downstairs. Once there, hundreds of revelers including Zoë Kravitz, Penn Badgley, model Du Juan, and Beijing it girl Mega Meng Meng could be found packed inside the blue-lit parking garage, thumping to tracks courtesy of Diplo and a performance by A$AP Rocky. “This is out of control—I can’t hear a thing and love it!” one local heiress was (barely) overheard saying.

Before long, the party reached its apogee with a seemingly spontaneous act of catharsis: The crowd of partiers, models, and socialites sent sprays of bottled water, Absolut vodka, and Yanjing beer flying all over. The shopping center’s famously persnickety management probably wasn’t happy. But just before midnight, Wang’s mother, Ying, could be spotted heading out with a big grin on her face.

Photos: Sim Chi Yin

Beamon’s Burlesque

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You can’t judge a book by its cover, but often you can judge a bash by the line at the door. At Erickson Beamon’s jewelry presentation at Milk Studios yesterday, 80 people were queued up outside the burlesque-in-Berlin-themed presentation, which drew on styles from the 1920′s and ’30s. But this was less a presentation than a party. The event was styled as a cabaret, complete with a live performance by the Citizens Band and bejeweled models sashaying across the room in drop-waist dresses. Zoë Kravitz, Penn Badgley, Lily Kwong, and Johnny Weir were a few of the many who had made it in to check out the show.

As the tempo increased, Citizens’ Sarah Sophie Flicker—dressed in a velvet corset, feather headdress, and little else—took to the stage, impressing the crowd with her acrobatic high kicks. “If there’s one person in the room that’s a bigger ham than me, it’s Sarah,” said Michelle Harper, who was decked out in one of Beamon’s most elaborate necklaces from last season. “I’m seriously in love with this piece; I want to wear it every day.” Monique Erickson, who is rarely photographed without her trademark crystal headdress, replied, “Well, I do! Honestly, I wear this thing everywhere, literally like the burger joint on the corner.” Around 10 p.m., the crowd shuttled out, bound for more performances at Milk by the likes of Lissy Trullie and Wu-Tang Clan.

Photo: Julian Mackler/BFAnyc.com

Light On Target

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It’s a bold move (or a bout of hyperbole) to call an event a Fashion Spectacular. But to describe how very spectacularly Target showed us all up (an overcrowded group that included Mary-Louise Parker, Nina Garcia, Penn Badgley, and Prabal Gurung, hemmed in by protesters from the retailer’s current gay rights controversy), let’s cut to the basics. First—perhaps in a Midwest kind of mind-set—the Minneapolis-based chain went big: renting 155 of the famously clear-windowed rooms on the southern facade of the Standard Hotel in New York big. A dazzling light show masterminded by Bionic League smartly made use of said giant windows; rooms were filled with 66 dancers performing choreographed dance and light sequences, which included everything from replicating falling raindrops to a Chicago-inspired routine that prompted one former skeptic to cheer, “That was insane!” There was a runway on ground-level, too, where models showed off fall merchandise, but with the lights and dancers, who was looking?

Flying in for the night, Target’s senior vice president of merchandising, Trish Adams, did make New Yorkers feel a bit better about being out-razzle-dazzled. “When we come here, it’s usually to see what’s going on,” she explained. “Most of the trends come from the city.” To that effect, Garcia, who recently signed on as Target’s style expert, will be on the hunt for the latest and greatest. “It’s perfect because I’m basically doing what I already do, which is to see what’s out there—definitely can’t complain!” the Project Runway judge and Marie Claire fashion director enthused. With fashion week looming, Garcia et al. will soon have plenty of new trend reports for the dissecting. But even its specter couldn’t keep a few devoted designers away. “I’m at the office until at least 8 p.m. every day,” Gurung said of his hectic pre-NYFW schedule. “I like to call it controlled stress,” the designer added, on taking time to check out the light show. “I’m also working out four days a week at 7 a.m., and I just started doing yoga, too.” Now that’s a flexible business plan.

Photo: Chance Yeh/Patrick McMullin

Yea, Nay, Or Eh: Couples Who Match

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Gossip Girl co-stars and real-life paramours Blake Lively and Penn Badgley spent their off-duty hours yesterday strolling Fifth Avenue. We couldn’t help but notice the level of coordination: white cotton (dress for her, tee for him), blue accessories, matching tans. Lively’s cell phone even picks up the hue of his messenger bag. This may all be coincidence of course, but there’s something pleasing to the eye about a couple who complement each other sartorially. Do you and your S.O. ever get matchy-matchy?

Photo: Jackson Lee / Splash News