There’s no doubt about it, Alexander Wang is the very essence of NYC downtown-cool – and with each passing season, his collection’s go a little further to prove it. This season was no exception – in fact, it was arguably his best-executed in recent memory. From the too-cool-for-school front row lined with fashion and music heavy-weights including Karen Elson, Terry Richardson and ASAP Rocky, to it-models Erin Wasson and Liberty Ross stalking the catwalk, Wang’s S/S13 was set to impress – and when the lights went down on the final all-white looks, the effect was electric, or rather, glow-in-the-dark.
But fluorescent looks aside, Wang didn’t need a gimmick to sell his sporty yet conceptual vision for S/S13, which was an intriguing exercise in volume and deconstruction. Shirt-dresses, oversize leather shifts and sultry body-con numbers were sliced apart and reconstructed, at once concealing and revealing the body.
Garments modeled on classic sportswear like slouchy t-shirts, baseball uniforms, basketball shorts and parkas were a shadow of their former incarnations, cleverly reworked to become, one can assume, an integral part of his army of cool-girls wardrobes next season.