Growing out of downtown chic.
Alexander Wang downtown chic collection is super hot! Season after season, the Wang girl continued to grow out of downtown chic with more expensive and refined taste for fabric and texture. For his Fall 2012 collection it was all about special treatment to fabrics – lamination, lacquering, shrink-wrap and covering up.
Think Céline meets Balenciaga, bulgy and chunky quilted sweaters stiffened by rigorous lacquering. Before you worry about how ‘wearable’ it would be, eveningwear was no disappointment in the shape flattering and edgy department. Leather bodices were intersected with silk chiffons; willowy silk fringe hanged at the bottom of dresses almost flamingo like. In addition to the minimalist colourway, he injected a gleaming sheen of burgundy red.
Wang also worked his way into more graphic silhouettes – biker jackets in distressed leather and straight raincoats. Some looks were pretty slick and sick, the fish net turtle necks that goes up to the models’ noses slightly resembles surgical masks.
Alexander Wang might be the Helmut Lang of our generation but with the ability to produce “it” bags and an ever-expanding diffusion line, his business is not going to get dismantled in the foreseeable future.
By Nathalie Lun