Gisele Bundchen, Shalom Harlow and Karolina Kurkova make triumphant return to New York Fashion Week at Alexander Wang
There they were: Gisele Bundchen, Shalom Harlow and Karolina Kurkova, along with Alexander Wang's slick, glossy fall collection, all on the catwalk Saturday evening at New York Fashion Week.
Mr Wang assembled a most impressive group of top models for his front row crowd, which was pretty star-studded itself including Anna Wintour, Carine Roitfeld and her glowing pregnant daughter Julia Restoin-Roitfeld.
The designer's runway always has a good
turnout of big names, but most of these top models don't work the
seasonal previews any longer.
Supermodel comeback: Gisele Bundchen walked the Alexander Wang show at New York Fashion Week
Triumphant return: Also making a surprise appearance were Shalom Harlow (left) and Karolina Kurkova
The all-star cast, which also included Carmen Kass, modelled a test spin of his newest
looks boasting leather, shine and chiffon in black, oxblood red and an
optic white he called 'peroxide.'
He gave them a grand stage with a complicated layout of mirrors and narrow pathways.
Mature offering: This time, Mr Wang promises to appeal to a wider audience than his usual Downtown model
The clothes, however, were more
straightforward than Mr Wang has offered recently. The vibe he embraces
often limits his appeal to the cool-girl, Downtown model types.
This time, the military-inspired trenchcoats (including one worn by Ms Bundchen), wool sweaters and tweed jackets – waxed and with vinyl visors for effect – potentially work for anyone who needs an outfit for a dressy event or even for the office.
That's not to say the looks were
dowdy or boring; in fact, they showed that Mr Wang is maturing into a
more sophisticated designer.
Front row faces: Carine Roitfeld with her glowing pregnant daughter Julia (left) and Anna Wintour (right)
Model Liya Kebede didn't walk the show, but she sat in the front row. She said she enjoys the view from there.
'I really enjoying seeing the full collection. I love to see the designer's real vision. Back there, you see bits and pieces,' she said.
Still, she had her Wang on, including her shirt and shoes.
Fashion A-list: Designer Alexander Wang takes his bow at the end of the highly-acclaimed show
'I like that it's hip and young,' she added.
Mr Wang came out with his usual bouncy step and big smile for his bow.
In his notes, he said: 'Big hugs to my family and everyone else who has made this dream come true.