15 February 2016

Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear : Alexander Wang

"Deliberately opposes standard definitions of beauty and taste" - Alexander Wang
It was Alexander Wang's last show at Balenciaga for SS16, displaying a collection of feminity, delicacy and softness. However, this collection presented to us at NYFW proves he has truly moved on from the angelic vibe we saw, and brining back the edgy look which he masters to a T. The show was held at Saint Bartholomew's Church, New York - where the designer presented us with a collection that perhaps contrasts against the typical attire for church. The show was attended by many famous faces from Kylie Jenner and Tyga, Taraji P.Henson, Solange Knowles and Natasha Poly. I was so glad to see Kylie on the FROW of Alexander Wang AW16 as I really feel that she conveys the vibe and look of what Wang is all about. She looked amazing.

Kylie Jenner

Metal pierced skirts, striped tweeds and opaque tights with "girls" printed along the thigh really did give us what we all know and love from Wang. It is hard, I think, to bring luxury fashion in the forms of edginess and street, but Wang somehow just nails it - I don't think any other designer will execute this look as well as he does. The clothes were somewhat preppy too, with a very casual edge in the form of wooly hats with "Strict" branded on the front. Maybe Wang is trying to counteract strict fashion rules, and encourage fashion lovers to be themselves and express their individuality through fashion. I think it is fair to say you have to be very expressive and confident to wear some of these looks, but that is exactly what the industry is about; taking risks but enjoying every moment. Logos and Slogans are so popular in the industry at the moment - see Versace and Valentino - and Alexander Wang has definitely taken that into his own.

Despite the very "out there" collection, his use of accessories were fairly minimal, and when seen with an outfit they were too, very minimal. I loved the small bucket bags which were only decorated with silver studs - simple, but certainly amplifying the edginess to the outfits. They could however, be teamed with a more glamorous outfit and still look equally as perfect. Being a winter collection however, Wang didn't opt for many warm clothes, coats, long sleeves or trousers. It's safe to say he has put style before comfort this season, but he included a gorgeous shearling-lined light washed denim jacket. It was oversized and looked particularly warm. He perhaps included limited coats in the collection because those particular piece could be teamed with anything. I have no doubt that Wang fans and loyal clients will ensure that the garment is a sell out.  He included a similar design, but with a metallic fabric, a gorgeous beige number finished with a fur lined collar and black denim shearling lined piece.

Marijuana leaves were printed as intarsias on a oversized white coat and on a cami-style shift dress. Wang holds no boundaries and is particularly carefree when it comes to what he wants and what he knows his customers will want. The collection was of course a "day-to-night" collection where women can wear the clothes both in the day shopping or running errands and then going to a party in the evening. That is so hard to execute as a designer, and that contributes to what makes Alexander Wang one of the best designers around in this day and age. He knows exactly which women he is selling to, and which women he has in mind when crafting these amazing pieces.

Alexander Wang

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