Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Alexander Wang, A/W 2010

Imagine wandering aimlessly through Time Square as a tourist, distracted by the bright lights of the advertising campaign and the Charmin jingle penetrating from the home of the 'Cleanest Toilets in the Country' and all of a sudden, Alexander Wang's A/W10 collection is being streamed onto the big screens. Watching fashion shows live are becoming an internet wonder as SHOWstudio have cleverly demonstrated for a few seasons. But to be able to witness such a thing in New York's bustling advertising emporium must have been such a sight to behold.

Straight from Pier54, the models stormed down the catwalk in Wang's latest collection, one that I am still drooling over. The Wall St banker aesthetic juxtaposed against the mantra of the gyspies is a statement to the tough economic times we are living in but also a rebellion against the banks restraints on creativity. Certainly no restraints were visible from any of the New York Fashion Week shows.

Wang had a strong vision for this collection:

"I wanted this season to have this buttoned up, strict pristine feeling in the suiting. It's well-tailored men's jacket but taking that idea and not make it boring, dated and conservative. It's the silhouette of kind of making the shoulders really tight and then longer in the sleeves so that it goes past the hands and taking off all the buttons off the jacket so that it almost becomes like a layering piece like a cardigan. Then taking the jacket from the top and using it as a skirt, the lapel and using it as a bra top."

The texture most visible was 'velour du jour', velvet pieces for every occasion that could be carried from day into night. Decontructed suits, capes reminicient of hippies and his classic chiffon mixed dresses made this collection an enviable one. For such a young and new designer, the others should be shaking in the Prada boots.

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