Alexander Wang Ready To Wear Spring Summer 2012 New York
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The language of technical sportswear is blooming on the catwalks, blended with futuristic lines that flatter and design details that lengthen limbs. Wang proposed a fantastic example of exactly this. Looks played with cotton netting and ski influences using modern materials that doubtlessly work with the time precious and dynamic lifestyle of today’s young ladies about town. Sky high mini skirts were given additional interest to the eye via mesh that revealed colour from material stitched underneath. These were paired with tomboyish button down shirts or sleek plays on bomber jacket style collar and cuffs. The parachute dresses were a delight. Models walked with hands gracefully placed in large hip pockets – key syntax in the sartorial grammar of todays femininity – while necklines were either minimal or zipped up and curling around the collarbone. As a whole this collection was a book of chapters: the sporty, elegant girl-next-door (check the customized motorbike helmets, it was only ever a matter of time), the city girl who looks for an original, dynamic dress that will take her from the courier bike onto a roof-top party with friends and then the high, high, high heeled, leather girl who seeks a tougher look to compliment her dark, smokey eyes. Sure, there are touches of Balanciaga and Celine amongst this collection but the spirit of this seasons Wang girl feels clear. She's active, she appreciates design, she’s not uptight – we want to hang with her.

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(words: Sarah Hay)

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