Designer Alexander Wang debuts G-Dragon, M.I.A & Bauuer collaboration song at his 2016 F/W Fashion Show!
After making CL one of the faces of his Spring/Summer 2016 ad campaign, Alexander Wang as tapped fellow K Pop star G-Dragon for his Fall/Winter 2016 runway show soundtrack. Baauer, an American producer and another star of Wang’s impending S/S 2016 campaign, announced today that his song, Temple, which features G-Dragon and M.I.A., will premier during Wang’s F/W 2016 runway show this evening in New York. No word yet on whether G-Dragon, pictured above, will be in attendance. CL is confirmed to attend.
In case you’re not familiar with him: K Pop star, Kwon Ji Yong, who is better known as G-Dragon, is not just one of the biggest names in Korea, thanks to his membership in boy band, Big Bang. The 28-year old, who has been described as embodying “Justin Timberlake’s boy bander-turned-credible musician pedigree and Kanye West’s genre-bending artistic daredevilry,” is something of a bona fide street style star; you’ll see him on websites like Vogue, Le-21eme, NY Magazine, and TFL. He’s a front row fixture at just about every Chanel show, and Saint Laurent, Lanvin, Rick Owens, and Hood by Air, too. And as you can likely discern from his music videos (think: head to toe Chanel, Thom Browne, etc.), he’s a major fashion fan. Not surprisingly, he has been gaining traction as a fashion industry insider for the past several years, with an increasing number of designers and publications taking notice.
The fashion industry has been increasingly relying on the enormous selling power of both G-Dragon and CL, amongst other K Pop stars, by way of front row seats at the biggest runway shows in Paris, collaborations and ambassadorships with established brands, and editorials in the likes of Vogue. As such, Wang’s recent choices are not terribly surprising, especially given his penchant for teaming up with musical stars. (You may recall that Wang has tapped Angel Haze, Die Antwoord, A$AP Rocky, and Grimes, amongst others, for past campaigns).
Ali Stroker doesn’t get to model very much. The Broadway actress and
“Glee” alum, who just finished an acclaimed revival of “Spring
Awakening,” after all, is paralyzed from the neck down, and has to use a
But when designer Rachel Antonoff asked her to lead a song
and dance number for her fashion presentation Thursday night, the
28-year-old couldn’t refuse. “We grew up together, and Rachel is
actually the one who introduced me to musical theater,” said Stroker,
after singing a playful rendition of “A Secretary Is Not a Toy,” from
“How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”
“I remember staging a version of ‘Annie’ in her backyard in the
Jersey Shore 20 years ago,” she added. But more important, Stroker, who
became the first actor in a wheelchair to perform on Broadway last year,
said she thought it was important to offer people a different
perception of what a fashion model, or leading actress, could look like.
“When I first was auditioning for plays, no one would cast me,
because I think they were afraid,” said the petite blonde. “I want to
show others with disabilities that they can be on TV or work in fashion
or do whatever they want to do.”
Yet the singer and activist will be sitting the rest of fashion week
out. “I am giving a TED Talk in March, and I am performing in Lincoln
Center, so I have a lot of work to do.”
Short clip #2 of DWSA’s Ali Stroker breaking more barriers and leading Rachel Antonoff’s New
York Fashion Week performance of “A Secretary is
Not a Toy” from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
Short clip #1 of DWSA’s Ali Stroker leading Rachel Antonoff’s New York Fashion Week show like a BOSS with a performance of “A Secretary is Not a Toy” from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
The genders are swapped and playing the objectified secretary is Rachel’s brother Jack Antonoff (of the band Fun and Lena Dunham’s bf)!