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O CANADA: Leave it to Alexander Wang to inject a little bit of downtown New York into Tuesday’s trunk show and PA at Holt Renfrew’s Bloor Street flagship. Wang, in his first trip to Canada, arrived with a custom-made tent in tow. “It’s a mini installation for our brand,” he said. “We wanted to bring that Alexander Wang experience with us to the cities that we visit, so people know about our campaigns, our videos.” The tent currently houses fluorescent lights and a flat-screen TV, but Wang has big plans for the eight-by-ten black canvas encampment, which first made its debut at Trunk-a-Palooza at Barneys New York in April and will accompany the designer to other cities. “We’ll add things along the way,” he says. “You know that trunk you travel around with and put stickers of all the places you’ve visited? This is our version of that.” For starters, Wang plans to add furniture: blow-up stools and benches — “everything has to pack and collapse,” he explains — that will resemble the leather furniture in his TriBeCa offices. (No word on whether the Wang-designed inflatables will one day make it to the sales floor.) As for the meet-and-greet itself, Wang notes that “some girl asked me to sign her Chloé sunglass case, and another person brought in gum wrappers for me to autograph. Actually, it was three friends, and they ripped the wrapper into three pieces for me to sign.”

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