New York Fashion Week: Alexander Wang
There have been a lot of sports references in the first few days of runway shows here. But Alexander Wang is a designer who is hardly new to the game. He's always been fascinated by athleticism and speed, referencing football, baseball and fencing uniforms in past collections.
This season, he turned his attention to the worlds of BMX and NASCAR, most literally with sleek, color-blocked intarsia knit bodysuits, leggings sweaters that transformed gangly models into action heroines, some of them with floral print helmets in hand.
But picking apart the collection, there was a lot to wear, even for those who want to take life a bit slower, including a black-and-white botanical print nylon peplum jacket and Bermuda shorts, black taffeta mesh windbreakers and pants with mesh pockets, and white leather polo shirts with laser cut floral details.
A scuba-like black mesh bustier worn over black-and-white botanical print pants was sexy and fun, as were the perforated leather bandannas worn at the neck or on the head.
And those tribal-looking graphic patterns on sheer burnout mini dresses and sports jerseys were actually inspired by stadium seating charts, Wang said backstage.
Rounding out the collection were leather rucksacks as big as the models carrying them. Can't wait to see all the cool girls trying to tote those around next season.
-- Booth Moore, reporting from New York
Photos: Looks from the Alexander Wang spring 2012 runway collection shown during New York Fashion Week. Credit: Mary Altaffer / Associated Press; Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images.