September 7th, 2013 New York City
Alexander Wang gets a lot of credit for being such a young talent that before he even turns 30 he has begun designing for Balenciaga after Nicholas Ghesquiere made his departure. And so maybe this season was a chance for him to take himself less seriously and start playing around with stamps for the name and things he stands for; a dare to distract from the display of quality of cut, comfort in fit, simplicity of texture, and seriousness in color. So, here we see pops of pinks and yellows [in accessories of course but still a double dare]. We see a ruffled schoolgirl skirt to open the show which must have made at least half the front row sit up straight. We see his name on almost every look in laser cut technique out of fine leathers or in “trick-your-eye” patterns. We see “Parental Advisory Explicit Content” stamps on his shiny and sheer textured tees. We see someone who got to have fun for once although he claims that maybe the thrill is gone since splitting his efforts with another label. No one feels bad for this guy with the amazing opportunity at his draping hand and it’s clear that this show was a “Good for you, Alexander” kind of moment. Will it sell? Of course it will! Wang has proven himself so much to the fashion industry that he could have probably made paper bags cool with his name autographed on each piece… although those would have looked really effortlessly chic at the same time and we would be talking about that with hopes of affording one next season. Wang knows how to take basic pieces and make them look cooler than other designer’s basics. This time he just happened to put his name on them or take half of the hem or side of the shirt items off. The hint of sweetheart pink was a rare seen color for the majority of other Spring 2014 collections and is welcome to become a staple in his neutral color palette. His boxer style leather bottoms are to live for. And his bags, as always, make us sure he is the right fit for Balenciaga. We will have to see what he produced in Paris to be sure, but he has done it again here at home and New York is proud to still have at least part of him. Here goes the round of let's all rock Alexander Wang logo applause.
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