NYFW: Alexander Wang's Wild West, In Harlem

Raucous party or runway show?

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We're three days into New York Fashion Week and two key shows have referenced the old American Wild West.

Maybe it's because much of the world right now seems lawless, and filled with reckless bad guys, kind of like it did back in those early pioneering days in American history.

Either way, both Raf Simons and Alexander Wang chose to touch on this bit of Americana in their own unique way.


Wang staged his Wild West uptown in Harlem.

Declaring 'no after-party' on his invitation and on the shirts and trousers of some of his aw17 clothes, he put on a runway show that was basically a raucous party, with a standing room only crowd listening to hip hop spun by the DJ Metro Boomin.

Alexander Wang AW17 NYFW

In many ways, it felt like classic Wang: dark, kind of tomboyish and very sexy clothes for the model off duty.

It was a bit of an exercise in day-to-night dressing with controlled tailoring in the form of coats and blazers for day segueing into a range of black body-con looks for the concert or the club.

Alexander Wang AW17 NYFW

The newness seemed to be in the Western references, which (after the age of streetwear and sportswear) feels fresh and interesting.

Alexander Wang AW17 NYFW

What this will most likely mean for your wardrobe is a plethora of cowboy boots to choose from in stores.

Raf Simons created some excellent options at Calvin Klein.

Meanwhile, Alexander Wang's came in sleek black and looked very cool when paired with a boxy double-breasted Prince of Wales check blazer layered over a denim jacket and leggings on his bestie Hanne Gabby Odiele.

Alexander Wang AW17 NYFW

The show also featured a see now buy now element: a capsule collection featuring slogan denim shorts and tees called, yes, No After Party, hitting stores this week.

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