Alex Wang, the perpetual "it" designer of the past few years, has come to Bryant Park (or rather Roseland Ballroom) this season with a more evolved collection - refined, yet still not without his token downtown-girl edge.
The presentation was filled with mostly black, somewhat matchy-matchy tailored pieces including a killer croc-embossed blazer, studded tuxedo pants, and deconstructed men's button-downs. That being said, he hasn't lost his edge. There were leather biker shorts in almost every look, bandage leggings, patent-leather-everything, and perfect party dresses that are sure to become every girl's staples for going out this fall.
Oh and the accessories. The looks were styled with shoes and bags of Wang's design, and they offered a punk edge that brought even the most refined of combinations back right down to Wang's signature style. Point-toe combat boots, both heeled and flat, pebbled leather studded bags, and simple belts pulled all of the looks together.
His luxe looks felt all at once simple, edgy, and over-the-top. And in this time of recession, when designers are expected to hold back, he certainly didn't. Perhaps he figured that twenty-somethings of the world might rather drop their bucks on a well-constructed blazer rather than a jersey AC-Slater-eqsue muscle tee a la SS09? Either way, I have one thing to say: you've done it again Mr. Wang.