Alexander Wang: a show that sizzled

Alexander Wang called in the supers for his autumn winter 2012 collection at New York fashion week for a show that sizzled.

The Supermodel finale said it all: ‘I’ve arrived’. Actually, Wang arrived a few years ago and it is now impossible to imagine any store worth its fashion salt not carrying rails of his designs. He has come up so fast, his brand image is so strong, why shouldn’t he play like one of the big boys and have Gisele, Shalom, Carmen, Frankie et al stepping out for his finale?

This collection felt like something to celebrate. A coming of age? It was stronger, fiercer. Away from the sporty-easy pieces on which he made his name (that will no doubt find a home in his T by Alexander Wang line) and much more in the way of grown-up, confidently-executed, focused Fashion.


To start, a ‘peroxide lacquered merino raincoat’ (that’s a pristine white, wipe-clean coat to you and me) with a fishnet turtleneck that crept up over the model’s mouth. There was a lot of neck action – funnel necks on military jackets and necks so long on fine merino jumpers that they were worn right up to the models’ noses. Protective armour? Yes, but it never looked stiff, not even when rendered in glassy, high-shine ‘oxblood’(his choice of word, but burgundy would do just as well) vinyl; those neat tailored coats and jackets with their crisp above-knee skirts just looked perfectly in keeping with the dramatic mirrored glass pillars dotted around the set.


As for the accessories – yes, his accessories lines are as much sought after by the urban fashion chicks as more established labels these days – you’d better start saving now. The boots! The bags! Details? Black leather ‘Kolfinna’ boots, cut just below the knee or (more preferable still) the ankle boot version with the single gold stud will be in hot demand, as will both bag shapes he showed: watch out for the oversized doctor bag and the cylinder shaped clutch on a strap. Hot stuff.

See the full collection here...

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