Alexander Wang RTW Spring 2012
For a while now, Alexander Wang has been setting the bar for streetwear, and what makes the work resonate is authenticity. Since the get-go his gritty, not-afraid-to-get-dirty attitude has been unwavering, even in his most feminine collections, while his level of execution evolves. Spring was yet another stellar example.
Wang has worked with athletic references before, and this time he honed in on motocross and BMX racing. He opened with laser-cut mesh bombers, miniskirts and shorts, all black with the pop of a tight, neon polo peaking out. The models marched out with hands thrust through the sheer pockets for a sporty Surrealist effect. Then came ombré floral prints, blue and gray with a Hawaiian flavor, on utility gear — a peplum dress with oversize zip pockets; cargo pants worn with a mesh bustier — with sex appeal. Even when she’s covered up, the Wang girl is showing something off. Terrific intarsias, including leggings and track jackets done up like full racing suits with striped paneling and contrast color insets, fit like second skin, and on the right figure would result in dangerous curves.
As for accessories, there were aggressive takes on pointy pumps made from the exotic skins of tropical fish, floral bike helmets and cross-body duffles that looked like golf club bags and weren’t much smaller. It all added to the collections’s sense of fun, though no matter how good a time Wang is having, he’s still exacting. The finale of dark laser-cut leathers and techno bodysuits worn under sheer sports jerseys were precision made.