The most talked about event of this past week’s New York Fashion Week has definitely been Alexander Wang’s Autumn/Winter 2014 show. There was first hype around the show when it was announced that it would be held in Brooklyn instead of Manhattan – a shocking and unheard of occurrence for all the Fashion Week attendees.
However, it proved to be well worth their time to make the trek out to Brooklyn in the frigid New York weather. The show was held at the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s Duggal Greenhouse overlooking the Williamsburg Bridge. Guests were greeted with cocktails and Alexander Wang flasks of Crown Royale. Clearly, Alexander Wang knows what’s up.
The runway included a post-apocalyptic futuristic setting with a rotating catwalk for the grand finale. With bleached eyebrows and black-slicked back hair, the models looked androgynous and robotic. The theme of the collection was utilitarian; Wang’s inspiration came from the outdoors, camping, and mountain climbing.
Using heat-activated fabrics, the pieces turned from black to neon colors. The collection showcased outerwear, chunky sweaters, high neck collars, leather, boxy jackets, and raw cut hems. One of the hottest topics of Wang’s collection was his boots – featuring thigh-high and mid-calf boots that resembled cowboy boots with shin pads. Along with the utilitarian theme, the outerwear included pockets for almost any necessity including holders for phones, pens, notebooks, and lipstick.
Wang’s primary thought while designing the pockets and accessories was “what does our girl need to survive in an urban landscape? Her cigs, her lighter, her flask, her notebook, her smartphone. In some of the bags we had a lipstick holder, a hand mirror and a compact.”
There is no doubt that Alexander Wang knows how to put on a show and design an exquisite collection. And, he has reaffirmed that yet again with his A/W 2014 collection. He has certainly raised the bar for other designers.
By: Julianne Bagley