September 10th, 2012
Alexander Wang S/S 13
When it comes to working the fashion crowd into a frenzy Alexander Wang has it down to a science. Orchestrating the Liberty Ross runway revival – check, pushing the glow in the dark trend to its logical endpoint – check, doing it all while delivering a focused and strong collection – but of course! The Wang Spring look was a precise and well orchestrated mix of monochromatic separates, punctuated by flashes of skin revealed by razor sharp cuts. The austerity of the collection as a whole felt like a continuation of the mature perspective Wang has been developing of late. Wang has moved from being NYC’s enfant terrible to becoming the face of fashion’s new guard. With a burgeoning empire and a high profile clientele, Wang has taken things to that next level young designers dream about and it showed in the clothes. Working primarily with stark shades like onyx, glacier and aluminum, Wang crafted a look that was sporty, but maintained its seriousness. Karl Templer’s styling finesse was evident right from the start, with Irina Kravchenko’s opening jacket and bermuda shorts combo looking like an editorial page come to life. Each piece that followed was compelling in its own way; oversized hockey jersey dresses and sleek parkas are sure to become bestsellers and on the accessories front there were plenty of to die for boots. Wang ended on a high note with those now infamous glow in the dark dresses that set social media aflame and left the audience wondering how he can possibly top that.
Text by Janelle Okwodu
Photos by Billy Rood for Models.com, double portraits by Betty Sze