NYFW S/S '12 report: Alexander Wang

11 September 2011

If you’re young, hip and beautiful, there’s only one decade you want to attire yourself in; and that’s Nineties. Or, if you are American, I suppose, 'ny-neees'. Either way; HELLO Alexander Wang! If he has his way what we’ll all be wearing next summer is easy to sum up; shorts of whatever length you like, and a peculiarly sporty strain of ‘90’s retro styling. One major theme seemed to be mesh. In fact, it was a veritable melange and a mish mash of mesh. From sheer panels, to holes of all sizes shapes and varieties punched or woven into the pieces.

His sporty shorties ran the gamut from kind of baggy Bermudas teamed with slouchy zip up jackets and buttoned to the top Artex PE tops, to tennis style mid-thighers. Then there were the boob-tube dresses that looked as if they’d been upcycled from parachute parkers, so covered in toggles, drawstrings, pockets and ruching were they. Some of the stand-out pieces in Grazia Daily’s opinion were the baggy, geometric patterned sweaters – the kind of thing you sling on over your bikini or sundress on holiday when the temperature begins to dip or just wear all the time if you are genuinely interested in sport. He also did some leather body con mini dresses that also managed to seem quite sporty – if that doesn’t sound like too much of a contradiction in terms. Maybe it was the addition of bandannas to nearly all of the looks, shiny, tactile and – but of course –  perforated, either slung causally round the neck, cowboy style, or over the head, like a gangsta, that put us all in the mood for a bit of running, skipping and jumping, or even just hanging around a basketball court looking fierce.


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