Forget about the clothes – well, don’t forget about them — but they certainly weren’t the star of this season’s Alexander Wang show. With impeccable stage direction and a cast of supers that included Karolina Kurkova, Joan Smalls, Natasha Poly, Maria Bradley, Shalom Harlow, and Gisele Bundchen, it’s will be near impossible for any designer to top Wang's casting (lest whoever got Karlie Kloss to pull out of NYFW has something remarkable up their sleeves).
As for the collection itself, it was minimalist and heavy on black with a few lighter moments. Most of the looks were monochrome and pieces were, for the most part, fashioned into stiff, almost robotic looks. Ironically, given the show’s cast, most of the models walked the runway with mesh mouth covers, though when the supers took to the runway they ended up taking them off before walking away.
Among the standout pieces were knee-high black boots (sure to be among next season’s must-haves), puffer vests, ankle-length trousers, fringe-accented dresses, ribbed patent leather jackets, and high-shine (sometimes high-slit) outerwear, which appeared almost armor-like and was often worn by the models as dresses. As for handbags, they were covetable as always. The new silhouettes are on the boxy side (somewhat reminiscent of Victoria Beckham’s handbag silhouettes) and came in a variety of sizes.
One thing's for sure, even clothing and accessories aside, Wang sure knows how to put on a show.