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

There were common motifs parading through the shows Saturday--and we don't just mean the superluxe fur mittens spotted on the glamazons at both Alex
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There were common motifs parading through the shows Saturday--and we don't just mean the superluxe fur mittens spotted on the glamazons at both Alexander Wang and Altuzarra. On a hellaciously cold day in New York, the most buzzed about shows were those filled with looks editors wished could march right off the runway.

Alexander Wang Designer: Alexander Wang

  • "Alexander Wang, the precocious designer chosen to head the venerable Balenciaga, did not disappoint his legions of admirers at New York Fashion Week, presenting a sophisticated and occasionally humorous collection." [AFP]
  • "With buzz and anticipation building for his debut collection for Balenciaga, Wang used his own show to make the statement that his signature line is still very much on his mind." [AP]
  • "There was an anticipatory, pre-Paris feel to the 1st arrondissement gloss of his uptown, fur-effect capelets and all that contoured complication." [

    The Daily Telegraph]

  • "Wang showed a mature, expensive-looking collection that showed he’s going to expand into Balenciaga’s couture legacy just fine, thankyouverymuch." []
  • "Showed Wang’s constructing techniques. ... With this collection, it was as if he was making a statement that he has the design skills to head the house of Balenciaga." []
  • "The collection’s strong points were the mohair knits (shrugs and sweat pants), the more streamlined of the coats, and some terrific evening separates in duchess satin--simply draped and vented tops in black or white satin with a wide banded hem." [On The Runway/The New York Times]
  • "With a debut collection for Balenciaga soon to launch, Alexander Wang could well be excused for letting his signature line slide--but no, the designer’s downtown-cool magic was in full effect for Autumn/Winter 13 as ultra-modern leather and fur confections in stark charcoal, black and inky-blue took to the catwalk in force." [SHOWstudio]
  • "There was plenty of the designer's moody showmanship on display, but will these looks fly off the runway and directly into cool girls' closets? ... A sweatshirt with a fur body and knit sleeves had that kind of potential, as did sweaters stitched with columns of faintly iridescent sequins that dipped precipitously in back." []
  • "Well, can you blame him? I mean, come on, who could? A beaming Alexander Wang bounded out after his fantastic fall show radiating the kind of unbridled positivity and confidence that can get you all sorts of things in this life—even, as it turns out, a storied French fashion house that wants you to write the next chapter in its history." []
  • "Had plenty to keep us occupied in its own right: a sporty and tough mix with a softness." [ UK]
  • "Provided moments of fun without masking the increased maturity Wang revealed in this collection. It suited him well and whetted the fashion appetite for what he might serve up later this month in Paris." [WWD]

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Altuzarra Designer: Joseph Altuzarra

  • "It was city-slick from the first look to the last." []
  • "It was hard to see the point of layering cropped khaki jackets over coats. Besides, the effect has been done by other designers, including Junya Watanabe. Separately, a lot of these pieces were fine, if somewhat obscured." [On The Runway/

    The New York Times]

  • "It was ultra-sophisticated and brilliantly cinematic (Cruella de Ville-inspired even) at Altuzarra for Autumn/Winter 2013--signalling a welcome return to roots for the young designer famed for his unforgettably risqué Edward Scissorhands and Catwoman-like creations of seasons past." [SHOWstudio]
  • "The exercise in restraint helped him find his raw essence. He's designing the fiercest, sexiest clothes in New York, and that's reason enough for many women to seek him out." []
  • "The Manhattan fall runways of the city’s brightest young things seem to have been invaded by a race of Amazonian superheroines, with broad shoulders and nipped-in waists that evoke an eighties Mugler-esque vision of the comic-strip fifties. Joseph Altuzarra’s vision was a strikingly bold and beautiful take on the look, his graphic clothes—in a restrained tonal palette—an exercise in silhouette and elaborate construction." []
  • "As always, at the heart of Altuzarra's collections is the celebration of seduction and bringing a new sexiness to womenswear--and this time it was glossy and luxe." [ UK]
  • "Call it a power play. For fall, Joseph Altuzarra said goodbye to spring’s lavish, ornamented exotica in favor of a more hard-edged version of glamour. It made for a fabulous collection." [WWD]

Prabal Gurung Designer: Prabal Gurung

  • "A stylishly militaristic vision." [AFP]
  • "Strong, focused and confident. It was good to see Gurung take a rest from prints and bring things down to earth after a couple seasons of exploring more fantasy looks." [All The Rage/

    Los Angeles Times]

  • "Military touches are shorthand in high fashion for strength and confidence. Gurung added some exclamation points, specifically citing as his muse a woman in combat." [AP]
  • "This time round, looking to the recent US army policy to adapt military uniforms due to the growing number of female troops as well as researching the all female, empowered Ukrainian Asgarda tribe, gave this show much needed focus, especially when it came to showcasing Gurung's precise tailoring and draping skills." [The Daily Telegraph]
  • "Prabal Gurung introduced military propriety to New York Fashion Week with a show that had the audience salivating over uniforms, bondage and sabre-sharp footwear." []
  • "Though the inspiration was masculine, the clothes were supremely feminine and sexy." []
  • "Gurung had seemed to be stuck in a groove the last couple of seasons, but he sprung himself loose here with a more confident collection in which he put the emphasis on structured daywear." []
  • "As much as fashion people love to reference the urban warrior and talk about dressing for the combat that can be daily life, there’s no arguing that models marching through a warehouse on Manhattan’s far West Side bear no resemblance to women living and working in a war zone." []
  • "Gurung is most definitely a designer with a conscience. Using his coveted spot on the New York schedule to highlight unspoken political issues and generate optimism for the youth of his homeland, while simultaneously creating a collection for, as he puts it, 'strong, beautiful women'-–today in sub-zero Manhattan, two halves completed one whole." [ UK]
  • "This was sex appeal as brute force." [WWD]