The fall 2016 New York Fashion Week does like breaking the rules, as proven by most of the recently unveiled quirky looks and collections by the top fashion designers. Zoolander ultimate cameo star Alexander Wang (proclaimed by me) couldn’t, of course, exempt himself from being part of this fashion revolution, showcasing one cool rocker girl collection that will make all those, who love total black looks, ravish. The Alexander Wang fall/winter 2016-2017 fashion show took place at Saint Bartholomew’s Church on New York’s Park Avenue, which undoubtedly helped reinforce both the overall collection’s punk-rock attitude and pretty grotesque allure, and the latest passion for contrasting themes and unconventional locations.
Not for nothing, Wang wants his pieces to be worn by girls who “ignore outdated taboos and instead seek what’s off limits,” meaning that self-expression is Wang’s ultimate keyword. The collection’s opening was held by a new addition to the fashion industry, whose baby face totally recalls those of the Eighties punk subculture young members: Katherine Moore. Her delicate features, along with a geometric red short bob and a glam rock striped jacket, definitely set the tone for the entire lineup.
As proven by Moore’s see-through tights, on which it was clearly possible to catch sight of printed slogans stating ‘girls’, most of Wang’s creations take advantage of such expedient, meaning that many of the lineup’s key pieces feature graphic lines in solid-colored letters. Aside from ‘girls’, other cryptic buzzwords such as ‘faded’, ‘tender’ and ‘strict’ quickly made their appearances to label Wang’s skimpy tops and hats, making his collection the perfect array of pieces to literally rock at any punk concert. Wang himself was wearing a graphic jacket with the ‘holy smoke’ statement, when the designer popped out to greet the audience.
The Alexander Wang fall 2016 collection “deliberately opposes standard definitions of beauty and taste,” as it perfectly mixes delicate tulle skirts with studded biker jackets and intarsia sweaters, and goes even further combining different geometrical patterns and cuts, such as stripes with tweeds and jagged hems. Fur is another key element spotted in the collection, as it surely helps accentuate the ‘rocker side’, when combined with the many basics t-shirts and pencil skirts.
Shredded jeans and funny prints, such as stripper pole and marijuana leaves, take the lineup to its more ‘punk rock girl from the Nineties’ level, filling the collection with velvet slip dresses and roomy pants that will surely catapult those, who were born in the Eighties (I bet Kate Moss would have the desire to channel most of these looks). Bold touches of colors accentuate this slightly heroin-chic part of Wang’s collection, lightening most of the pieces’ sharp lines.
Last but not least, it is interesting to point out the lineup’s silent, yet quite uncontested and essential protagonist: Wang’s accessory line. The fashion designer has, in fact, recently launched a long-awaited jewelry line, which he used as the icing on the cake throughout the entire collection.
Photos courtesy of Vogue