Flesh-baring! Alexander Wang impresses at New York Fashion Week with sexy strategic cutouts
19:37 GMT, 9 September 2012
With Liberty Ross on the catwalk and Justin Theroux in the front row, Alexander Wang's show at New York Fashion Week yesterday generated a frenzy of attention.
But the designer ensured there was as much reason to talk about the clothes as the celebrity attendees.
The collection, which was almost exclusively monochrome, seemed made of geometric leather shapes, strung together by barely-there strands of thread.
'There's always a sexiness to his clothes, but this season he brought a glamour, too,' said Laura Brown, Harper's Bazaar features and special projects director
Flesh-baring: Alexander Wang's collection was strung together by barely-there strands of thread
One dress, worn by Erin Wasson, bore slits that ran from the ribs to the knee, daringly exposing the supermodel's hips and thighs in the style of Anthony Vaccarello.
The theme continued in the footwear,
in a reversed kind of way with slender straps below the knee on one
strappy sandal, and wider straps wrapping the leg on a boot.
Laura Brown, Harper's Bazaar features and
special projects director, who picked a cut-out silver dress as her
favorite, told Associted Press: 'In such a short time, Alex has
redefined urban utility. There's always a sexiness to his clothes, but this season he
brought a glamour, too.'
There was a sporty clubwear feel throughout, something Mr Wang has made part of his signature aesthetic.
He played on this with hoods and zipper necks, a glossy cap and a flash of metallic in a voluminous silver jacket.
Summer sandals featured slender straps below the knee, while boots were fashioned from wider straps
Drama: A blacklight illuminates models's white outfits by way of grand finale at the end of the show
And if the audience was in any doubt of the clubby idea, the room fell dark at the very end, and a blacklight shone on the models by way of a rave-like finale.
Mr Wang explained in his show notes that he had been aiming for 'a linear quality' in the collection, which will go into stores for spring 2013.
'The juxtaposition of tension and suspension are captured between
structure and fluidity while dissected pieces build on a new silhouette,
which embodies lightness and delicacy,' he said.
It was a concept that won critical acclaim from the style set. WWD called it 'sophisticated and very smart.'
Jennifer Aniston's fianc actor Justin Theroux (left) sat front row as did Carine Roitfeld and her daughter Julia Restoin Roitfeld (right)
Applause: Designer Alexander Wang takes a bow at the end of his show
The review read: 'While Wang holds fast to something quite specific – stripped-down street with an urgent attitude – he does not lack for inventive ways to handle it.'
'Then I wanted to start dissecting the pieces,' he said. 'So we played with the idea of suspension and tension through embroidery techniques.'
Leather tunics and tank dresses that appeared to be made of panels of leather or fabric, somehow suspended in air as they floated over the body. He made the look seem quite appealing, as if he had sat down to sketch his collection and then took out an eraser to eliminate geometric stripes from each piece.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week continues through Thursday before the fashion crowd heads to London, Milan and Paris.