The 3 Most Buzzed About Shows From Day 3 of New York Fashion Week

"Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art," Andy Warhol once said. On the third day of New York Fashion Week, critics were jazzed about Joseph Altuzarra making good on luxury conglomerate Kering's recent investment as well as the lean, mean cocktail dress coup de théâtre at Prabal Gurung, and wonderboy Alexander Wang's cheeky play on branding.
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"Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art," Andy Warhol once said. On the third day of New York Fashion Week, critics were jazzed about Joseph Altuzarra making good on luxury conglomerate Kering's recent investment as well as the lean, mean cocktail dress coup de théâtre at Prabal Gurung, and wonderboy Alexander Wang's cheeky play on branding.
Alexander Wang, Altuzarra, Prabal Gurung

Alexander Wang, Altuzarra, Prabal Gurung

"Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art," Andy Warhol once said. On the third day of New York Fashion Week, critics were jazzed about Joseph Altuzarra making good on luxury conglomerate Kering's recent investment as well as the lean, mean cocktail dress coup de théâtre at Prabal Gurung, and wonderboy Alexander Wang's cheeky play on branding.

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Alexander Wang Designer: Alexander Wang

  • "As if fashion fans didn't already know his name and the youthful, hipster aesthetic he owns at New York Fashion Week, Alexander Wang spelled it all out for them at his runway show Saturday." [AP]
  • "What's clear is that the designer is heralding the return of the logo." [The Cut/

    New York Magazine]

  • "This was self-promotion as decoration, and it looked pretty good." [The Daily Telegraph]
  • "The name's Wang. Alexander Wang." [ELLEuk.com]
  • "All this points to the conclusion that Wang has found that sweet spot for his eponymous line - managing to keep the cool kid kudos while convincingly offering a technically luxe product that's sure to delight the buyers." [Grazia Daily]
  • "The show invitation had a mirrored surface, which was appropriate because the show itself could be described as an experiment in self-branding (not that many fashion-conscious people are unaware of Mr. Wang)." [On The Runway/The New York Times]
  • "If the designer might still subconsciously need to identify his work so strongly, the fashion world does not. His talents speak loud and clear on their own. No need to spell it out." [NOWFASHION]
  • "With Pharoahe Monch booming on the speakers, it was a trip back to the '90s tomboy for Alexander Wang." [POPSUGAR Fashion]
  • "Now that he's got the Balenciaga thing going in Paris, this collection felt like a move on Wang's part to reconnect with the street. It's been an animating force for the designer since the beginning, and it didn't let him down this season." [Style.com]
  • "The cleverest and most knowingly funny aspect of his fresh, leggily provocative spring collection was the way he turned it into a branding exercise." [Vogue.com]
  • "Wang has such a clear vision of how his generation want to dress now it's almost unnerving." [Vogue.com UK]
  • "There was precision, technique and fabric development to everything, none of which he took too seriously, a point crucial to his cause." [WWD]

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Altuzarra Designer: Joseph Altuzarra

  • "Altuzarra's spring 2014 collection prompted instant wanderlust." [The Cut/

    New York Magazine]

  • "Look closely, and you might begin to suspect that Joseph Altuzarra is the Christopher Kane of the New York fashion scene. The young designer displays a similar knack for crystallising the ideas that will resonate with a certain coterie of luxury clients every season—parkas, stallion jumpers and va-va-voom pleather dresses, to name a few." [ELLEuk.com]
  • "In the same week that Kering announced it had taken a minority stake in Joseph Altuzarra's young business, he delivered perhaps the most polished and accomplished collection of his career to date." [Grazia Daily]
  • "Mr. Altuzarra delivered a very compelling bunch of clothes, one of the most polished collections he has shown in awhile." [On The Runway/The New York Times]
  • "This was a sophisticated show for women who appreciate a nonchalant approach to elegance, even if they might spend hours getting that 'effortless' look just right." [NOWFASHION]
  • "Wearable, luxe, beautifully cut: these are clothes made for strong, young women to wear." [POPSUGAR Fashion]
  • "Where his Fall collection felt somewhat strained, this one put the emphasis on effortlessness." [Style.com]
  • "Supremely elegant." [Vogue.com]

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Prabal Gurung Designer: Prabal Gurung

  • "Futuristic Marilyn Monroe." [AFP]
  • "This was a collection that was trying too hard, and the ideas (twisting couture, abstract florals, sugary pastels) have been done before, and more successfully, by Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons." [All The Rage/

    Los Angeles Times]

  • "Don't confuse Gurung's feminine muse with a girly one: The sheath dresses with unexpected cutouts and harnesses, and the pearlescent pink shirtdress and sky-blue draped dress with a cascading back ruffle were more chic than sweet." [AP]
  • "Gave everyone a chance to examine technical details--PVC harnesses, pleats on wiggle dresses and trousers, cool shoulder seams on a satin bomber Karlie Kloss walked in." [The Cut/New York Magazine]
  • "Under the light, the collection seemed almost as if we were in a hospital. The models, standing in two lines completely still, looked like they were behind shrink wrap. The clothes themselves, however, were anything but clinical." [The Daily Beast]
  • "Today Prabal Gurung was trying to replicate the sort coup de théâtre catwalk action more usually presented by Louis Vuitton, Prada and Miu Miu. And you need cracking clothes to justify that. Happily, however, these easily stood up to the scrutiny forced upon them." [The Daily Telegraph]
  • "The fashion industry experienced a Platform 9 ¾ moment on Saturday morning." [ELLEuk.com]
  • "The overall result was a collection with a jarring, synthetic flavour- and that's meant as a compliment." [Grazia Daily]
  • "The show itself was kind of cool and weird and also suggested a deeper meaning, which may be equally elusive." [On The Runway/The New York Times]
  • "It was a great concept, all Gurung needed to do was to produce a show that could match it. Unfortunately, his collection of statuesque 1950s shaped outfits looked derivative of ideas that have been thoroughly (and recently) explored by Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons." [NOWFASHION]
  • "The high drama of the presentation continued through the mixed-print mashups, laminated tulle, and abstract embroideries on bustled evening dresses." [POPSUGAR Fashion]
  • "Whispers that the collection was uncomfortably similar to recent Dior collections were making their way through the audience before the show was over." [Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal]
  • "Gurung might never lead the fashion conversation like the Belgian who is now running Dior. Still, he's an accomplished technician. He cuts a mean, mean dress." [Style.com]
  • "At times, the increasingly accomplished Gurung does suffer from trying too hard. He could dial back on the complicated harness-back details, for instance, and easily win over lots more customers. Kudos to him, though, for working so hard so surpass himself each season." [Vogue.com]
  • "Prabal ... affirm[ed] his position in that young group of American designers fixated on sportswear with a couture sensibility and lets remember, Prabal--more than most--is well equipped in this category given his training at the great Bill Blass." [Vogue.com UK]
  • "A wonderful synergy of bold color, technical experimentation and ambition, with a baseline of classic 1950s elegance." [WWD]