Taking it to the Street
Alexander Wang has people talking, and three words come to mind; sexy, tough, street smart. Downtown cool kids and powerhouse duo – designer Alexander Wang and stylist/muse Erin Wasson are so harmonious in their collaboration; they seamlessly blend menswear proportions with a feminine aesthetic. Wang balances this juxtaposed look by layering loose and lean pieces together – skinny trousers with an elongated vest and loose tee, or a lean tank with an oversize blazer. While the collection has a serious edge to it, each individual piece is entirely adaptable and can be taken from the office to the street.
Design duo Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez were inspired by folding paper airplanes while on a road trip to Texas. The point is, one needs to be conceptually open minded to appreciate this collection. The exquisite construction of this collection was visible in its strong shapes – structured curves, crisp tiers and precise folds. In other instances the designers were evidently fascinated with the inner workings of the garments; splicing fabrics and exposing shiny interfacing. Colours were rich in jewel tones of sapphire, copper, amber and aubergine and paired with sequin details or contrasted against colourful hosiery and pumps. The collection was a standout – it was young, fresh, modern and clearly demonstrates their creative vision.
Additional NY Fashion Week Highlights
With the models’ hairstyles referencing Mickey Mouse ears, it was evident that Posen’s collection toyed with ideas of fantasy and fetish. While practicality wasn’t apparent with the number of sheer pieces shown, his impeccable tailoring definitely translated throughout. Layering is essential to making the sheer looks wearable – why not try a transparent tuxedo jacket over a LBD? It’s sure to liven up your office look.
Geek met chic at Thakoon. Pattern clashing looked pretty and edgy at the same time with floral prints mixed with muted grey plaid pieces and colourful cardigans. Thakoon was consistent with this effect, mixing edgy biker gloves into ladylike outfits and softening some of the bolder looks with sheer silk scarves. The hairstyles the models wore gave the overall look a modern feminine feel.
A soft palette of neutrals combined with a relaxed shape was a conservative departure from his previous collection. The collection took a controlled, structured and “calm” approach as the designer stressed. His main focus was on coats – massive volume was added on the back through deep vertical folds, but basic pieces were also given a luxe treatment. Otherwise there were no gimmicks and minimal embellishments. While he may have called the look soft-core it was still incredibly bold.