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New York Fashion Week: Alexander Wang, the coolest thing in N.Y. fashion

February 14, 2010 | 10:00 am

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The zipper sunglasses, the studded-base handbags -- Alexander Wang is the coolest thing in New York fashion right now. And this season, he let loose his tough 'n' trashy aesthetic on the men's suit.

Although we've seen this exercise in deconstruction many times before (Jean Paul Gaultier, Junya Watanabe), Wang gave it his own pseudo-Goth night-crawler spin with the addition of velvet thigh-highs and lace-trimmed swallow-hemmed dresses. (And let's not forget his more accessible price point.)

There was more than a hint of skin when he hacked the waistband from of a pair of pinstriped pants and left in its place a leather belt sitting seductively on a bare navel, and removed the front of a morning jacket and left a bandeau in its place.

He worked and reworked the menswear theme, hollowing the shoulders of a camel hair cape, and lending blazer details to miniskirts and Bermuda shorts.

Wang is one of several designers making a case for a velvet redux this fall, with a pearl-studded pinstripe velvet waistcoat, slinky draped velvet mini-dresses with chiffon ends trailing, and velvet bras.

There was even a touch of the long-lost knit of a million '90s-era oversize Express sweaters -- chenille! A chenille bandeau layered under a cropped chalk stripe jacket.

If it seems like a lot (tiger face macrame tops too!), it was. But Wang fans will be more than happy to parse out the pieces.

And with his knack for starting trends, come fall, expect to see plenty of backpacks and velvet sunglasses on the scene.

-- Booth Moore in New York


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Photos: Alexander Wang's fall/winter 2010 runway in New York. Credit: Stephen Chernin / Associated Press