Posted by: Rachel Iwaniec
So what can we expect from Alexander Wang this month?
Well, Wang’s latest fashion show for his own label gave us a bit of a taste for his debut as creative director at Balenciaga. While we have seen Mr. Wang congeal odd pairings, like his fur zip-up that spliced into a silk cape from his Fall ’11 collection or the dissected throng of white dresses that were held together by fish net, invisible to the eye, at his Spring ’12 collection, this season conveyed a heightened sense of maturity.
Mr. Wang’s girl is no longer exclusively hanging out in the downtown nightlife. She is no longer inclined to wear what she wore the night before to work. In all actuality, Mr. Wang’s girl might not even be going out on the weekdays.
In favor of a loose fit, Wang continued to portray his girl as the one veering off the path, displaying versions of his sweatpant and sweatshirt accents.
However there was a feeling of heighten conservative dressing. Sweaters met the neckline, skirts hit below the knee, and other than the finally, shoulders and ankles were the most exposed part of the body.
The stiff nature of many of the materials gave the loose garments a hard edge that was not to be messed with. Nothing was slouchy; rather every crease had a purpose.
Flat boots and loafers provided the edge to some of his more feminine pieces, while dainty heels and mules accentuated some of the only exposed skin.
Coming to the end of the show, part of me was expecting to see a well-groomed, suit-wearing, Marc Jacobs look-a-like waving from the runway, but Mr. Wang perforated the scene in his carefree state in black jeans, a sweater and his long hair.
The designer is still recounting the life of a downtown girl, but she no longer cares for cotton basics or bomber jackets. Rather her leather coats come accompanied with fur details and occasionally fur mittens evoking the image of boxing gloves. Either way, his smirk at the end of runway reminded us that there is still more to come. We just have to wait for his girl to get to Paris.