Street style has seen quite the makeover when we have Alexander Wang on hand. Among the top designers to showcase his work in New York, the season being the 10th anniversary, the pieces presented certainly reflect the last decade of work. Whereas many others focused on the overtly feminine, Wang decided to capture the power of the woman instead, inspired by the cooler, more dynamic street styles that are both sexy and relevant to the real world. Of course, looking at the Alexander Wang spring/summer 2016 collection one cannot help but have the move Step Up pop into mind, with its multiple renditions, while still offering some new, unique and rather interesting to the masses overall.
It’s always interesting to see the celebration of the fashion celebs, and Wang’s 10-year anniversary is no different, with some rather famous faces showing up and showing off from the front rows of the runway stage. This includes everyone from Kanye West to Nicky Minaj, Lady Gaga to Mary J. Blige. “We’re always asking ourselves what’s modern. Well, what’s modern is what’s right in front of us.” And so it is! What is modern is right here and we can see it pulsating through Wang’s designs as he parts with Balenciaga in order to better bring his focus to his eponymous brand. Plus, since the man is born in California, nothing says Bay area better than the AW510 referring to his old cellphone regional code, an insignia that appeared on an oversized hoodie.
While the focus of the collection was on the ordinary, the pieces paraded onto the catwalk were anything but simple! With jeans, T-shirts, sweatshirts, track pants and army jackets in the mix, there was such a strong sense of individualism to the line-up we had to catch our breaths. Baring the abdomen or no, wearing things tight or loose, showing off the curves or hiding the strength of the bodies undulating forwards, it mattered not. Whether it was street style or a focus on the not-so-preppy sports, those leather bustier, side-slit pants, mesh tops, studded sandals and distressed jean shorts certainly spoke up loud and clear. Alexander Wang has a style that none can match and it is fresh, sexy and utterly irresistible. It is also one of the few collections that target the younger generations as well as those with a rebellious heart beating in their chests. Of course, expect the unexpected as silk pyjama tops and interesting studded open sandals took to the stage.
If there is one that we are certain of, it is that while a 10th anniversary could have seen more of a bang, it was quite the affair unto itself, with pieces presented that appeal to a niche class of individuals. That said, it is better for a designer to work with a niche we have noticed than to be all over the places, catering to a different population with every season. On the contrary, we have to commend Wang for sticking to his guns and only bettering his work done for the past 2 seasons presented on the Fashion Week runways.
Photos courtesy of Vogue