Alexander Wang Ready To Wear Fall Winter 2013 New York
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With all eyes on Alexander Wang in heavy anticipation for his debut at Balenciaga in Paris next month, the designer appeared to give a wink and a nod toward what’s to come with his namesake collection show Saturday. Held at the historic Cunard Building on the southernmost tip of Manhattan, his models, in a dim setting surrounded by a soaring ornate ceiling, miles of marble walls and a beautiful play on shadow lighting, Wang’s rounded shoulders and roomy layers were a stunning juxtaposition of design. “It was a response to the graphic of sharpness of last season,” said Wang.
 
In lieu of tackling the same textiles so often shared among designers each season, Wang’s couture-like silhouettes opted for all things fuzzy: goatskin, alpaca, mohair and astrakhan translated in his signature streetwear ethos—often re-embroidered or re-appliqued. “I really responded to all forms of hair!” he exclaimed. “Something a little different, a little unexpected.” The graceful skimming of the body only further alluded to the outerwear’s exaggerated proportions: folded fabrics, oversized lapels, and powerful leather. It all made for quite a dense collection—but in true Wang fashion, offset by clever cuts, drapes and zipper placement. Those layered garments underneath, including oversize sweaters, lean skirts to the knee and satin pants that peeked out through matching evening skirts slashed asymmetrically so, brought his designs blasting into modern times.
 
A palette of mainly blacks, greys and optic whites were accessorized with oversized fur gloves while some shimmer and shine came courtesy of encasing polarized sunglass lenses inside mohair. “Opulence,” said Wang, “but always shielded with hair.”

- Jim Shi

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