Hanson Robotics

The Breakout Front Row Star at Alexander Wang’s Show? A Robot!

Originally published by Vogue.com on December 2, 2018

by Christian Allaire

At Alexander Wang’s Fall 2019 Show in New York last night, the usual suspects of too-cool front row stars crossed the bridge to Brooklyn to take in the designer’s latest collection of downtown staples (think slinky velvet maxi dresses, twisted pinstripe shirting, and oversize rugby jerseys with slinky satin slip skirts). In attendance were celebrities slash brand devotees such as 21 Savage and Teyana Taylor, who made the scene, sure—but the presentation’s biggest breakout star? A robot. But not just any ol’ robot—a robot with killer fashion sense.

Meet Sophia, an AI creation from Hanson Robotics who is apparently the Hong Kong–based engineering company’s most advanced robot. Sophia, whose torso comes without legs, was snapped front row wearing Wang’s boxy blazer style, with metal safety pins forming hearts on both of her sleeves. She also wore an Axel Rose–type bandana around her neck, an accessory that also made an appearance throughout the show. (Only A-list influencers get to wear his pieces before they hit the catwalk!) In videos shared on Instagram, Sophia can be seen swiveling her head as models walk by, most likely making a mental shopping list.