Alexander Wang

TIME 100 2015 Alexander Wang
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The cool kid of fashion

Alexander Wang and I met when we were both just beginning our careers—I was 15, and he was 24. The thing I remember most about that first meeting was that he was just so cool. He was a completely original mashup of youthful energy, street culture and high fashion. When I walked my first show for him, it was the coolest I’d ever felt or could ever hope to be. But that’s the secret to his designs.

What I’ve seen him do in the past eight years is nothing short of remarkable. He is everywhere. His fashion shows are now some of the most hotly anticipated of Fashion Week. His name pops up in rap lyrics. He’s taken over as creative director at Balenciaga. Last year, he did a collection with H&M that flew off the shelves.

The trick to his success isn’t just raw talent and a dedicated work ethic but his unique ability to make high fashion ubiquitous. The core of his empire is built on the fact that he loves his work and relishes his industry.

It’s a testament to Alex’s skill and personality that at such a young age, he’s captured the attention of veterans in the industry. Everyone loves being around Alex—he’s full of life and a loving friend. Even after an exhausting full season, his spirit is irrepressible. He’s one of the most fun and fabulous people I’ve had the pleasure of working with and knowing. His parties always have a dance floor, and you can always find him in the middle of it.

Where else would you expect to find the coolest kid in fashion?

Kloss is a supermodel and the co-founder of Karlie’s Kookies

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