Alexander Wang’s dark – and shiny – materials

When you have cool factor in bucket loads and street cred to match, you don’t exactly need the biggest names in the business walking your runway in order to generate buzz. But for Alexander Wang, landing everyone from Carmen Kass to Gisele in his New York fashion week show seemed like such an effortless feat of casting that it did indeed go some way to not only confirming but furthering that street cred yet again.

It might seem, at first glance of the fall / winter 2012 collection, that it’s not progressive. It’s Wang’s aesthetic, alright: part sporty, part tough, very tomboy, very cool, this time brought together with hints of military strictness and refinement of structure. But the main area in which Wang is pushing the envelope isn’t the aesthetic but the fabrication. Tweeds, suedes and wool knits were waxed and lacquered to create plasticy, shiny outerwear. Where feminine details stole the spotlight they were in chiffon drapes married into leather, or silk fringing that turned throat-latched jackets into shimmying dresses – the most literal hybrid of modern and flapper that perhaps we’ve seen to date.

Wang’s accessories were understated enough not to steal the show – but they will no doubt steal the streets. Look out for his military knee-high boots and armour-like above elbow gloves coming soon to a fashion crowd near you.

You can see all of the Alexander Wang autumn (fall) / winter 2012 runway collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.

Also from this fashion show.

Details

Beauty

Backstage

Photography by Imaxtree