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Are you ready for the metaverse? Coined in Neal Stephenson’s 1992 sci-fi novel Snow Crash, one of the year’s most referenced terms refers to a convergence of physical, augmented, and virtual reality in a shared online space. Simply put, the metaverse is the digital layer placed over our physical world. After Facebook's founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained the company's new vision as Meta and interacted within a virtual reality world filled with avatars and computer-generated scenes, the metaverse has been magnificently memed. However, beyond the cringe, a new generation of 3D artists, designers and AR creators are blurring the binary between the real and the imagined, while questioning what it means to be fluid and human in an increasingly digital landscape. As we increasingly place a digital filter over our reality, technology is a magic mirror in which our hopes, dreams, and desires are reflected back at us. While we’re interested and intrigued by virtual worlds and metaverses, it's the creatures and characters that inhabit these worlds that interest us at LN-CC. As we look to tomorrow’s world, we double-take on Alexander Wang.
Born in San Francisco to Chinese-American parents, Alexander Wang’s Bay Area upbringing shaped his laid-back aesthetic. Beyond otherworldly fantasy, he has always been driven by the desire to elevate the everyday. Beside fashion that reflects both today and tomorrow, his designs are adaptable armour for the modern woman. Aged just three, he was doodling designs on restaurant napkins.Before his freshman year of high school, he attended a summer design course at CSM where he designed a collection of 33 evening dresses. At 18, he moved to New York to pursue a degree at Parsons School of Design. After interning at Marc Jacobs, Teen Vogue and Vogue, he dropped out of the course after two years to launch a line of unisex cashmere sweaters. "l realised there was this gap in the market for something that catered to me and my friends and our aesthetic, but wasn't girly or frilly," he explained at the time. “My kind of girl is a little rough around the edges, very natural, very individual,” he told i-D back in 2009. “She wears what makes her feel comfortable, it's always easy, and it never looks put together. Yet at the same time it's always just a little bit off. She's never afraid to be a bit of bad girl or a little rebellious.” He, and the women he designs for, delight in this duality. From Anna Ewers to CL, Binx Walton to Kaia Gerber, Alice Glass to Tinashe, #WangSquad has encapsulated this multi-layered attitude. Sexy yet androgynous, provocative yet refined, high yet low, Alexander Wang’s modern vision of femininity reflects modern womanhood. In physical, virtual and physicalworlds, we bow down.