Alexander Wang took the day-glo trend and turned it on its ever-rearing head at yesterday’s slam-dunk spring show. For the finale, a group of ice blonde models filed into formation on the runway at Pier 94, all wearing pale lime pieces. The lights went out; the dresses glowed in the dark. Even in the pitch black warehouse, the audience’s excitement was palpable — this was a collection for the books.
Other than the glowing pieces and a smattering of neutrals, the palette throughout the show was purely black and white. The silhouettes, too, were typical Wang fare — formfitting dresses and boxy, oversized separates, though this season they were sliced at the seams and suspended with transparent string, revealing strips of bare skin through the leathers and skins. The look was completed with slicked-back tresses with strips down the center part courtesy of Guido Palau, as well as some of the coolest shoes we’ve seen yet this week, banded up the leg to echo the “suspension” theme of the matching ensembles.
Despite the pouring rain, the energy outside after the show was buzzing. Glow-in-the-dark! Liberty Ross! There was plenty to talk about while waiting out the downpour. Paper‘s Mickey Boardman called it “one of the best shows I’ve seen in a long time.” The thing with Wang, he enthused, is “when he’s good he’s amazing. Sometimes I’m not 100% understanding of what all the excitement is, but when he’s good…wow.” Both Boardman and Anna Dello Russo proclaimed the designer “the new Helmut Lang,” and while that isn’t the first time the comparison has been made, it was perhaps more apt than ever this season. Dello Russo opined, “it was very strong, very powerful. Full of energy. I think he is so talented, Alexander, because he has done so much in so few years.” And don’t worry, we definitely didn’t pass up the opportunity to make a “Fashion Shower” quip to the editrix amidst the umbrella-toting showgoers.
The festivities continued late into the night at the afterparty, held in a converted bank across from City Hall. Suffice it to say, it was a rager. One that concluded with Wang taking the stage to bow down before Busta Rhymes, whose set brought down the house (have you ever seen a mosh pit made of models? We have). Busta then had the crowd of Wang fans raise a glass to the downtown designer of the hour. We’ll cheers to that.
this is some kind of spaceship or something.