A few years ago, many of us would have scoffed at the idea of donning sportswear outside the comfort of the gym. However, the past year or so there has been an influx of style influencers sporting their chunky trainers, lycra leggings and mesh crop-tops on the streets with pride. Alexander Wang has played to this trend for many a season, and seemingly now is his time to shine.
Wang has a very evident house style and each season we see a nod to the sportswear industry through the use of scuba fabrics, mesh panels and ribbed textures in his designs. However, this season Alexander Wang found the sexiness in sport-luxe.
Expertly cut cigarette trousers embellished with vibrant red trim were paired with bodice-like crop-tops panelled with leather and mesh. Shift dresses became less boardroom and more biker-chic with similar leather structuring, creating a sassy silhouette. In true Alexander Wang style, perforated scuba material came in the form of matching white mini-skirts and boxy bomber jackets. The entire collection had a linear edge through pleats, hi-shine vertical stripes and slim line tailoring which exuded that ultra-cool vibe that New Yorkers live for.
Normally one for black and white collections, it seems Wang had a play with his colour palette this season. Primary colours of vermillion, royal blue and bright yellow intermingled with the basic monochrome theme to add a hint of vibrancy. Block colour crop-tops matched the trim of trouser pockets for a matching, uniform aesthetic. Contrastingly, tennis dresses were injected with strokes of colour for a very carefree, artistic look.
City shorts ran alongside tube-shaped maxi dresses, sultry-cut out tops were paired with business-like trousers and belted tuxedo jackets were worn bared-legged. Through mixing the risqué with classic pieces, Wang managed to do the near impossible- find the balance between smart and sexy.
When he appeared at the end of his show dressed head-to-toe in black, Alexander Wang showed that some things never change. But no matter how strong his brand-identity, Wang always taps into what people want to wear each season and never fails to impress.