Before NYFW had even started Alexander Wang managed to turn his show into the most
talked about event of the week. Wang’s move to Brooklyn’s Navy Yard and his time slot
switcheroo with Joseph Altuzarra made national news and left many wondering whether
editors would make the trek over the bridge to the secluded locale. In retrospect those
concerns seem silly – when Alexander Wang does anything the fashion set comes
running. There are few designers who can boast as powerful a following as Wang has, so
it’s safe to say that even if the show relocates to Omaha next season everyone will find
the time to make their way there.
Unique venue choice aside the clothes Wang delivered made it all worth while. Fall’s
look was considerably more austere than last season’s ‘Parental Advisory’ shirts and
ironic nods to logomania. The show began with flashing lights and the appearance of a
modish grey dress with multiple pockets that when paired with the slicked down hair and
bleached brows looked utilitarian with a touch of sci-fi. The unexpected was on the
agenda this season and Wang brought out look after look of ecstatic creativity. Paisley
patterns on silk blouses, electric blue overcoats, leather fannypacks that defied logic and
managed to seem cool – unpredictable elements that shouldn’t work together but did.
The collection’s spirit of eclecticism worked its way into the casting as well. New to the
runway beauties mingled with supermodels in a show-stopping finale that crackled with
excitement. Seeing catwalk veterans like Jacquetta Wheeler and Bridget Hall on the same
stage with newcomers like opener Vanessa Moody provided a thrill. Especially when said
stage started to move like a carousel, putting the final looks with their intricate laser
cuttings and neon details on full display. A charming touch of whimsy and a fitting end to
one of the season’s most anticipated shows.