Alexander Wang’s stormy FW13 collection was appropriate, as nor’easter, Nemo, attacked the tents (and everything else on the East coast, ruining fashion week for me. But I digress.). Embracing his season of huge change, Wang opted to show at the Cunard Building, a departure from Pier 59, where he’s shown the majority of his previous collections. Pre-show, Wang mentioned watching boxing and it’s influence, which was evident as models came out swinging their elbow length furry mittens to “Eye Of The Tiger,” the theme song for 80′s boxing flick, Rocky III. Ready to battle arctic temps, models stomped in the chunkiest of knits and drop waist coats made from leather, mohair and alpaca. No one contorts fabric like Wang, and his knot front and draped outerwear (among other pieces) stood out. The perfect relaxed fit pant was paired with what I’d call a backwards cowl neck sweater. 50 shades of grey, stellar prints and innovative shapes will beckon the cool kids, whom are most often seen donning his pieces.
I feel Wang set out to remind us of his talent and creativity (as if we’d ever doubted him) and to let us know he’s up for the challenge that is Balenciaga (he shows his first collection in two weeks). His perspective is stamped and I loved this collection, specifically for its androgyny and impeccable use of fur ( I’m sure PETA didn’t care for that too much). Wang is known for creating the staple of the season. If commercial success if what the house of Balenciaga seeks, I’m sure Wang will deliver.