New York Fashion Week fall 2012: Alexander Wang
He stayed true to one of his favorite inspirations -- hybrids -- and played with the contrast between hard and soft, naughty and nice. But these were undoubtedly more grown-up clothes, albeit with a twist. Tweed coats and boxy jackets came vinyl-coated, and chunky handknit cardigans and crewnecks were lacquered stiff. Slouchy crepe trousers with leather panels on the front of the legs were a new take on the ubiquitous leather pant, while wool turtlenecks were rendered in naughty fishnet, and hooded puffer vests in black leather.
There was a mix of materials on dresses and skirts, a draped jersey and paneled leather T-shirt dress for example, and a white long-sleeve dress with embroidered thread trapped inside layers of tulle.
Despite the dramatic ending to the show, which had Gisele and other top models marching out onto the stage, taking their places in front of mirrors on the runway, and ripping their fishnet masks off in unison, this collection was more about subtle details than any Wang has done before. Which is why it was a shame that the poor lighting in the venue made it so difficult to see them.
Another thing I missed this season was Wang's sense of humor. No cheeky piercings or mud flap details to be found in these clothes. Boo-hoo. Please Alex, just don't grow up too much!
-- Booth Moore, from New York
Photos, from top: Alexander Wang's fall 2012 collection. Credits, from left: Charles Sykes/Associated Press; Stephen Chernin/AP; Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images.
Bottom photos: Stephen Chernin/AP; Stephen Chernin/AP; Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images.