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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$AP Rocky, Diplo, and, for good measure, Penn Badgley to rock the underground parking lot beneath the store. Their outfits: Alexander Wang. Kitted out in the designer’s Fall ’12 collection—the same one now hitting stores—the trio also took part in the designer’s first menswear video, shot in Beijing during the store opening bash. It debuts exclusively here on Style.com. (For an accompanying video on the Beijing store, check out Wang’s own Web site.) As for Wang himself, Beijing is just the beginning. The designer has just opened a Shanghai store in the Shanghai Reel shopping center; another will follow in the spring of 2013.
“It’s about energy, doing something different—bringing a bit of New York to Beijing,” Alexander Wang shouted over the din at a party celebrating his new flagship in Beijing on Friday night. For Wang, “different” meant going underground, literally: The bash took place in the subterranean parking garage beneath his store. (The invitations? Battery-powered traffic wands.)
Entering the two-story shop in the city’s Sanlitun Village North complex, where Wang joins Balenciaga, Lanvin, and a spinoff of Dover Street Market, guests first sipped Champagne within a glam-modernist interior of gray terrazzo floors, white marble plinths, and bronzed mirrors before being ushered into an elevator heading downstairs. Once there, hundreds of revelers including Zoë Kravitz, Penn Badgley, model Du Juan, and Beijing it girl Mega Meng Meng could be found packed inside the blue-lit parking garage, thumping to tracks courtesy of Diplo and a performance by A$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.
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?