Posted by stephan | September 13th, 2010
In the past four years Alexander Wang’s name has become nearly synonymous with a very specific look; think high heel combat boots, a short black dress and a cigarette dangling precariously from a girl’s fingertips as she hums along to a Nirvana song and you’ll be on the right track. For the generation that missed grunge the first time around, Wang brought it back sleeker than before and became a sensation in the process.
With the downtown look being knocked off left and right and 90s nostalgia moving into the mainstream, the time was right for a perspective adjustment and Wang delivered just that. His monochromatic spring offerings hit several of the season’s emerging trends, while ushering in a sea of change for his brand. The stark white pieces, reminiscent of Helmut Lang’s work (currently a favorite point of reference for the twenty something design crowd) were a breath of fresh air. Unexpected touches of coral and mint prevented things from delving into monotony, while anchoring the collection firmly in spring.
As always accessories served as a focal point, with an unusual set of lace up booties accompanying many of the looks and oversized silver necklaces accentuating the metallic sheen of the fabrics. Karl Templar’s styling precision certainly elevated the evening’s looks, but it was Wang’s skillful cuts and smart shift towards minimalism that made the show an event.
Photos: Betty Sze
Text: Janelle Okwodu