Bring on the black leather. Bring on the sliver studs. Bring on the metal mesh. In other words if you want to wear Alexander Wang next winter you better bring it.
Inside the giant Pier 36 venue in New York, the designer created a tight, tension making, black show space. It’s lighting and sloping ceilings bringing to mind the interior of a Battlestar Galactica launch tube. But the models that propelled themselves down the catwalk in thick, platformed, Frankensteinesque creeper boots did not come from a galaxy far, far away. No their stomping grounds were much more terrestrial in nature.
North West, in a custom made Wang ensemble that matched the styles on the catwalk, sat in the front row with her parents in tow (a.k.a. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West) and watched as the designer produced a collection that had a hard rock soul and after dark street style.
Shades of black, in different fabrics and shines came together on the runway. Shift dresses, with undulating contrasting black patterns highlighted the models’ curves. Nine buttoned fronted coats gave a graphic twist to the classic double breasted jacket and leather turtlenecks were subversive. Wang contrasted all this pitch with silver studs that delineated just about everything.
They framed the grooves of a knit sweater. They circled the edge of bib front tops. They even outlined the quilted pattern on outerwear. Not to mention punctuating all the show’s leather handbags and backpacks. When Wang wasn’t using studs, silver zippers were inserted into the front of dresses. Zipping up to leave their pull taps sitting prominently, like nipple piercings, on the garments.
If the punky message was still lost on anyone, the designer threw in a few red plaid outerwear pieces that Nancy Spungen probably would have loved. As for the sexy semi-shear mesh dresses, those kind of did have an out-of- this-world Barbarella vibe to them. And it would be easy to imagine that character’s modern day counterpart Nicki Minaj- who was also in attendance at the show- snapping them up.