If it seems counterintuitive that Alexander Wang would want to collaborate with Judith Leiber on a limited-edition minaudière, that’s the point. Wang will introduce the fruit of his collaboration with Leiber, known for its posh but kitschy crystal-encrusted handbags, on his spring runway: a purse shaped like a thick roll of $100 bills done in more than 10,263 black, gunmetal, green and clear Swarovski crystals. It’s topped off with a real industrial rubber band and a chain strap. The bags, which will produced in an extremely limited run of 20, take about a week to hand bead.
“When I think about collaborations, I always try to work with people who do something that’s very specialized and who are a leader in their field,” Wang said. “I love that we don’t normally do evening bags or do anything that’s really decorative or bedazzled.” To that end, eveningwear in general isn’t the first thing that comes to mind with Wang’s street and casual-driven collections, but he noted that red carpet dressing has been on the uptick for him.
Alexander Wang’s limited-edition money roll bag in collaboration with Judith Leiber.
“Within the last year and a half, we’ve been pushing a lot more evening capsules