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.