Fashionistas check out flirty, masculine Wang
By Fran Blandy and Brigitte Dusseau, AFPNEW YORK--Alexander Wang's masculine but flirty spring collection, unveiled Saturday, quite literally bore his mark: the fashion prince lasered his name as a motif on most of the pieces.
September 9, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
The 29-year-old, who was appointed creative director of Spain's Balenciaga last year, used the tiny cut-out — you might have to squint to see it — on sleeves, bodices and entire dresses.
While the ubiquitous bare midriff cropped up, Wang took a new twist on the trend, with boxy tops, jackets and slouchy jerseys opening in a triangle from below the chest.
He paired these with flirtatious skirts or loose-fitting shorts.
One top was transparent except for a single well-placed panel reading: “Parental advisory, explicit content.”
“It was this idea of censorship and playing with the duality of something quite masculine and quite restrained and understated but still being very graphic and flirtatious and perverse,” Wang told AFP after the show.
He said he used traditional menswear fabrics and tailoring, as well as “this kind of artificial synthetic, kind of liquid viscose, poly blend leather.”
Celebrities, fashionistas and industry heavyweights have flocked to New York fashion week, which runs through Thursday when the spotlight swings over to London, Milan and Paris.
One of the most anticipated designers, Wang's show was attended by hip-hop star Kanye West and Beyonce's sister Solange Knowles.
While the big names tend to be kept for last, several popular designers hit the runway on day three of the fashion frenzy, unveiling a vast array of looks for spring-summer 2014.
Singapore-born Prabal Gurung — whose creations have been worn by Kate Middleton, Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey — went to extremes to “preserve an elegant woman who is more and more rare.”
Gurung's dresses and skirts fell mid-calf, some elegantly off-shoulder, in pastel pink, lavender, canary yellow, green or bold prints. Lips were bright pink and tangerine while hair was slicked back.
Describing his collection as “femininity with a bite” the designer — who launched his eponymous brand in 2009 — said he pushed into the future using unusual fabric choices.