Runway Report- Alexander Wang Fall 2012, Supermodel Filled Backstage & Full Collection

Alexander Wang described his creative genius Fall 2012 backstage before the show with perfectly as, “A surrealist approach to fabric manipulation. The idea is a distorted perception of things you might think are raincoats but are actually laminated tweeds.” Caged fishnet turtle necks covered the models mouths as they navigated the dimly lit Pier 94 setting. We could not be more impressed with what came down the runway in a strict palette of black, white -which he called peroxide- and our new favorite shade, oxblood.

Lacquered merino wool tweeds, waxed suedes and shrink wrapped-jacquard knits gave the collection a stark graphic look.The first look was a boxy, white lacquered tweed raincoat with the caged turtleneck that covered the models mouth, the first of many. The audience was given strict instructions to stay put in their seats after the last look, which added to the suspicion of the already ambient setting.

To everyone's surprise the lighting was turned bright a tad and out came some of best supermodels of our time, Shalom Harlow, Karolina Kurkova, one of our personal favorite models, Carmen Kass and ultimately to loud applause Giselle Bundchen. The clothes they were wearing were a slightly refined version of what has been shown on the runway just moment before, perhaps as sign that the clothing could be very wearable even for the less daring woman.

After walking out the four models turned around to face massive mirrored boxes with their faces inches from their reflection, another subversive message from the designer? Maybe, Regardless Alex Wang’s latest collection is a testament to the boundaries he is willing to push not just with design but fabric manipulation and a forceful experimental aesthetic that is extremely refreshing.


All Images VIA Models.com

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