In Sze’s hands, the ordinary becomes the extraordinary: thousands of plastic water bottles (or cotton balls, ladders, electric fans, tea bags) get stacked, manipulated and grouped into massive sculptures that are often illuminated and sometimes motorized, like the one above. Sze is a tech geek of the first order, a woman happily working in a traditionally male medium. Her look-tough, modest, practical and in a narrow color spectrum of black to gray-eschews prettiness in favor of power.
Galliano leather jacket, $1,085; New York Look, 212-297-0946.
BCBGMAXAZRIA modal and spandex long-sleeve top, $108; bcbg.com
Banana Republic wool pants, $98; 888-277-8953.
Cynthia Vincent leather boots, $250; shopbop.com
Linea Pelle collection leather belt, $150; lpcollection.com
Gurhan darkened silver studs, $200; Frederic Goodman Fine Jewelers, 866-740-0515.