Despite the buzz surrounding his recent appointment as creative director at Balenciaga, which is still fueling still fueling internet op-ed after internet op-ed, Alexander Wang hasn’t forgotten about his first born child: His namesake collection based in New York.
For Pre-Fall 2013, Wang got rid of the teenage angst we sometimes see in his collections–but he still maintained plenty of edge. Gone are the barely-there Melrose Place body-con dresses, and sheer gauze tops that left little (if anything) to the imagination.
In their place, Wang presented a push-and-pull play between organically twisted jerseys and modern interpretations of Savile Row Tailoring. Yes, there were still some sweatpants and moto-chic looks, but ultimately, in the slot Wang usually reserves for “sexy” within the collection, he firmly positioned “wearable”.
Was this delivery his “screen test” for the big European leagues, or a redirection of his New York aesthetic in order to allow for brand differentiation? Only time (and his debut at Balenciaga) will tell.