When I entered Pier 94 on Saturday, September 10, the large space was filled with four giant mirrors placed diagonally in the center of the room. Surrounding the mirrors were four sets of black riser seats and blindingly bright lights flashing everywhere. The runway set up was cool, edgy, modern and innovative, aka Alexander Wang. Dressed in black jeans and a black T-shirt, Alexander sat front row while watching the models rehearse. Several sharp turns and direction changes made it a very intricate runway path for the models. Given the set up of the show, the models walked straight forward, around in a circle around each mirror and then back.
Seated in the front row next to Vogue’s Creative Director Grace Coddington was Glee’s Lea Michele. Wearing a nude dress and bright blue pumps, she sat with perfect posture and posed for photographs before the show. Just one section over was music artist Alicia Keys rocking a crazy hairstyle and black leather outfit. Fashion editors, buyers and celebrities such as Joe Zee, Nina Garcia, Linda Fargo, and Anna Dello Russo were all in attendance. A mini Alexander Wang model was also there for the show: his one year old niece in a very Alexander-esque outfit watched the show and posed for pictures backstage with him after the show.
With a blast of techno music, the first model came down the runway in a blue and orange netted jacket and mini skirt. All the models were style with a fresh out of the shower wet hair look, making the collection seem very raw and slightly androgynous. His collection was far from pretty gowns and frilly dresses but instead had a sexy and cool edge. The looks were somewhat divided into groups of five or so, each with a different theme but still cohesive as a collection. Following the black netted looks were white minimalist separates and blue camouflage. Attention to detail with pockets and zippers was one of the strongest elements of the collection and definitely a signature for Alexander Wang. Hard and tough looking black leather and black and white printed outfits followed with models carrying BMX helmets as an accessory. I really enjoyed the juxtaposition of hard and soft with very structured pieces of a pretty print trimmed with black leather.
BMX rocker chic was really taken to the next level in the following looks with leather bandanas and tight fitting sporty tops and pants that looked like striped cat suits. The collection concluded with very wearable geometric blouses with turquoise and orange arrows paired with white pants and skirts. One of my favorite things about this collection was the very unique bags. The first couple of looks were accessorized with modern leather backpacks and there were exaggerated large leather bags that resembled golf club bags. Structure, edge, and a tough biker look made this collection perfect for a bad ass tomboy who is confident enough to go out of the house with wet hair yet still throw on a pair of heels. After the final walk of all the models the show ended with an energetic Alexander Wang sprinting down the runway to close to show!