Last night, Alexander Wang showed his first collection since leaving Balenciaga. Here, a list of points it got us talking about.
1) The New Punk Might Be A Thing
The jury is still out on whether or not this will turn out to be a bona fide trend. But Alexander Wang’s girl for autumn/winter ’16 had a certain rebelliousness in common with the bad gals Rihanna revealed the night before at her FentyxPUMA outing. And I don’t just mean the vacant eyes, sheer tops and black leather. Both showed a distinctly dark update on the prototypical punk. Could this be the next step from grunge? Will this trickle down to your wardrobe? We need a few more days, if not weeks, of shows to know for certain.
2) Alexander Wang, Post-Balenciaga, Looks A Lot Like Alexander Wang, Pre-Balenciaga
This is mostly due to his return to that whole model-off-duty idea, which he innovated roughly 10 years ago. Perhaps he wanted to go back to his more free-spirited, urban roots after a stint in big, corporate luxury fashion at Balenciaga. Here, are all those pared down wardrobe basics he made famous were there (the t-shirt dress that hangs just so, the distressed denim jacket, etc), but taken to more transgressive levels. Speaking of…
3) There were marijuana leaves and strippers on poles, in a church
If the walls at St Bartholomews Church where the show was held could talk, we’d wager they would have a lot to say about this collection, which featured knitwear emblazoned with images of strippers on poles or sheer tops decorated with suggestive slogans across the nipples. Meanwhile the men wore pink corduroys covered in marijuana leaves, in the house of the lord. Again, rebellion.
4) Black girl magic happened
Its posters girls, Amandla Stenberg, Solange Knowles, and Zoë Kravitz were all there, gloriously posing together front row, and this seemed to make Instagram very happy.
5) Kylie and Tyga showed up
Web traffic goals made. Not to mention many of the beanies, tiny leather skirts and mini dresses looked like they could have come straight out of Kylie’s wardrobe. Sales goals made.