Alexander Wang’s show is always one of the hottest tickets on the New York Fashion Week schedule, but his vision for autumn/winter 2016 has to be one of his edgiest yet, and it’s left us pining after every.single.piece.
After leaving his post as creative director at French fashion house, Balenciaga, Alexander Wang’s latest namesake collection is essentially a love letter to his pre-Balenciaga self, reviving what he does so well — grunge glamour — and boy was it F.R.E.S.H.
In typical Wang fashion, the show was offset with a rad soundtrack spun by music maestro Baauer and, as uber-cool girls Zoe Kravitz, Kylie Jenner (with her on/off bf Tyga on her arm) and CL took their front row seats, there was a definitive buzz in the air. An eclectic electric current that set the tone for the designs that were going to grace the catwalk seconds later.
Opening the show was runway newbie Katherine Moore, who was clad in a black and grey striped skirt suit, sheer black tights with the word ‘girls’ emblazoned on each thigh and a dog collar pile-up worthy of the upmost rocker. Her hair was chopped into a short bob and dyed spray paint red especially for the show (talk about dedication, huh?) which matched her red-haze eyeshadow perfectly.
Taking urban street style and elevating it to chic new heights is a vibe many designers have gone for, but none have yet to master the art quite like Wang. Reigniting our love of brash slogans, the designer etched the words ‘strict’, ‘tender’ and ‘faded’ onto beanies, sweaters and, quite literally, everything inbetween.
Exotic dancer prints adorned the front of chunky knits, while marijuana-leaf prints decorated mini skirts and jackets alike. Ok, so weed may be legal and decriminalised in the US but it’s still pretty illicit, non?
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Who knew grunge could look this chic? Bar Alexander Wang, obvs? What can we say—we all love a bad boy…