The Clothes: We are voting for this collection as one of the best Alexander Wang’s done in several seasons. He took leather garments, seemingly cut them in many pieces, then sewed the pieces loosely back together with some sort of magical invisible thread that left strips of skin peeking through–the line notes kept referring to it as a “suspended” detail. It was a technique that almost made the leather flowy; it moved in a way that leather usually doesn’t. Everything was black and white, with the occasional nude tone thrown in. White pieces were crisp and looked clinical, like lab coats. Tanks that were designed like one giant, twisted cable knit were striking, especially look 14 as worn by Jourdan Dunn. For the finale, a group of platinum-coiffed models all in white stood still in the middle of the room. The lights went down and then their outfits–swear to god–glowed in the dark. Oh, and we have a winner for next season’s street style fodder: the knee-high banded Marta boots. They’re the shoes Kanye wishes he made.
The Hair & Makeup: Diane Kendal (for NARS) gave the girls a matte look, with boyish squared-off eyebrows, saying that Wang loves his girls to look androgynous. She “erased” their lips with foundation. Guido Palau (for Redken and Sultra) said Wang wanted “small heads,” so he slicked the hair very close to the scalp, and finished it with a messy pony. To keep it from looking too classic, he slapped a piece of electrical tape on the models’ parts for a “robotic” look.
The Soundtrack: Rap, rap, and more rap.
The Vibe: The usual super hype-y scene in the cavernous Pier 94, complete with hooting and hollering during the glow-in-the-dark finale.
The Front Row: All the editors, including Carine Roitfeld. Justin Theroux (sans Jen Aniston), b-baller Tyson Chandler, Die Antwoord, Karen Elson.
WTF Moment: Besides the aforementioned eerily glowing outfits, Liberty Ross triumphantly stomped down the runway. Well done, Alex Wang. K.Stew who?
Celeb We’d Most Like to See Wearing It: Kristen Stewart. Then we could do a “would you rather”?