Even casual observers of Alexander Wang will know that his rise to fame and acclaim in the fashion industry has been meteoritic. And if the attention his niece Aila got at Wang’s New York flagship store Thursday night is any indication, making a name for yourself when you’re young is something the Wang family has down pat.
Wang opened up his store after hours to let a few fashion-obsessed American Express card holders come in, shop and chat with him about, well, anything and everything. A coterie of Wang’s friends held court over the massive black leather chairs (and the fur hammock) in the middle of the store while the designer himself placated bloggers and helped customers find pieces to take home — which he dutifully autographed with a Sharpie.
But when Aila showed up, the party nearly shut down with awws and cheers as the toddler crawled around and danced. Photographers went stark raving mad when she started swinging on the hammock, and it seemed like the entire world revolved around her. And it for a moment, it really did.
So of course we had to ask Wang, whose business is a family run affair, whether or not Aila will work for (or perhaps even run) Wang Inc. someday.
“Hopefully!” he said. “I mean, she’s such a star. I’d love to keep it within the family.”
And if she’s one tenth as fashion-savvy when she grows up as she is adorable now, we’d love for that to happen, too.