Alexander Wang is not shy when it comes to taking his bow. It’s an odd phenomenon in the fashion world that so many of the designers of bold, brash, avante-garde clothes take the meekest of bows—they hesitate, take a mincing step forward onto the runway, give a half-hearted wave, then quickly escape to the safety of backstage. You wouldn’t think they’d be so shy.
Shyness isn’t an issue for Wang, who sprints down the runway, a huge smile on his face—and this season in particular he’s got a lot to smile about. Wang’s runway show is always one of the hottest tickets of the week, offering a highly anticipated glimpse into trends to come. The clothes are deconstructed, edgy—and thus, for all their technical dazzle and genius craftsmanship, not the easiest things for the average consumer to throw on.
But his fall collection seems one of the most wearable he’s ever produced. The pieces have a strong point-of-view, mind you—the look is voluminous, with exaggerated shoulders and straps of fabric that fold and wrap around the body, enveloping the models in luxe, super-soft cocoons. Just the thing for our recent blizzard and icy temps.
There was a decidedly ‘20s feel, with full-cut drop-waist coats and dresses. Fabric on one soft gray sweatshirt criss-crossed in front and tied in back. A black coat had low-slung belt straps that draped around the derriere. A gray (and there was lots of gray) bomber flaunted a high-cut panel of fabric in front that extended around the shoulders and hung down into gentle folds in back.
There were great sexy tops, too, that looked like a plunging-V tank top and a shrug hanging slightly off the shoulder—but presumably they were all one piece. Just as eye-catching were the accessories, from those two-sided purses (it looked like two separate interiors, sort of a Siamese twin handbag) to the high-throat mule wedges and those massive fur mittens.
All the leather, fur and plush wools looked sooooo warm, perfect for this week’s blizzard. Wang has crafted clothes that literally swaddle the body. You’ll never want to take these off.