Alexander Wang sticks with his signature black, of course, for his AW collection for New York fashion week but overall the collection does not exactly scream “ready to wear”. As each model steps out on the runway, there are clear flashbacks from The Grudge with their greasy wet looking locks hanging over their faces, it almost distracts from the clothes they are wearing.
From there, there are a few pieces that distinctly resemble men’s sleepwear and dressing gowns, which is odd to say the least. There is a distinct beading along the hem of many of the garments, which does add a nice touch, but it does not help the first section of the collection from feeling a bit drowsy.
It does get better though, after a few looks, a cascade of tailored clothing comes out onto the runway, and it feels more like something the everyday fashionable person would wear. From well-fitting trousers and jackets, to a few skirts and dresses that feel less like trying to push the boundaries of fashion and more like creating innovative clothing that people would want to wear.
Wang is a talented designer, there is not a seam out of place in the entire collection, and many of the pieces are at least trying to be something new for the world to look at, but it would seem that he found a good balance in the end, it just took a few looks to get there.
by Anna Coughlan
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