Last season, I didn't love Alexander Wang, but I did love the concepts. The pinstripe, the baby bells, the camel--these were all items or ideas that I knew would become important to fashion soon, if not immediately. Camel and baby bells caught on fast. Pinstripe is still yet to emerge, but I feel its presence underneath the surface.
Maybe it was the negative press garnered from his last collection, or simply the desire to move away from trend-heavy pieces. But this season's Alexander Wang show was entirely new, yet not totally fresh.
The first half of the show was all white--I tweeted that I was sure "clean slate" would pop up in nearly every review written about the collection. But it really did seem like some sort of rebirth--Wang even painted his models hair and eyebrows with streaks of white.
When he did move onto color, it was muted--a sea foam green, a dusty terra cotta, a buttercup yellow--nothing shocking or subversive. Just present. I particularly liked an oversized trench with with what looked like one half of a pair of suspenders attached to the back.
There were plenty of things I would wear, and plenty of things I might actually buy. But was it an out-in-out success? Save for the always stellar soundtrack, the collection lacked the energy you usually feel come through at a Wang show. I think last season was about experimentation, and this season was about getting back to basics. So expect Wang to wow, yet again, for Fall 2011.