From the moment you stepped into the cavernous Pier 94 space that Alexander Wang shows in each season, you knew his AW11 collection was going to have the cool factor. The floor, illuminated in a sequence of light-up squares discoteque-style, saw models stepping out haphazardly to 90s club music! As the Prodigy blared out across the sound system, we were transported to a super-cool industrial future-disco.
The all-white, early 90s inspired looks that Wang showed for SS11 may have received very mixed reviews from the style set but as at all of Wang's shows, his front row was brimming with all the right faces. The innovative fabrics, deconstructed suiting, and sci-fi-slash-sporty vibe that Wang experimented with last season prevailed for AW11. But unlike last season, no-one was unsure whether they liked it or not! The fashion pack all agreed that Wang's return to the sexy, tough-girl aesthetic that made his previous shows such a hit would put him at the forefront of New York cool once again.
There were sexy-cyber ski-bunny looks, statement oversized parka-poncho and bomber-biker hybrid's (we want to live in them next season), and elongated and sheer re-workings of the classic tuxedo dress-shirt and aviator-cum-mourning coat.
Textures were incredible and unlike anything else on the catwalk this season; winter coats began as soft merino wool and graduated seamlessly into needle-punched leather, while pullovers started out as angora and merged into chiffon – an impressive experimental feat, and evidence that Wang can offer a lot more than just androgynous cool-girl garb (even if that is what we love about him the most!).
We know where we'll be heading as soon as it opens one day this week, and that's to Wang's first stand-alone store. After this show, come next winter, so will a lot of other fashion folk too! We have a feeling that his amazing array of trousers will be in high demand – we'd like to put our names down for the blush pink glistening pair.