Alexander Wang is usually the man we look to when it comes to starting trends, but interestingly enough, the designer’s spring 2015 collection was centered around one of fashion’s most prominent motifs right now: all things athletic.
To be more specific, Wang was inspired by sneakerheads, which was immediately evident as the collection started walking. First came the handbags that looked like a pair of Jordans fused together, followed by body-con dresses in neon shades that had the high-tech appeal of Nike Flyknits. There was a grey suede and knit story that was obviously inspired by classic New Balances, but the most recognizable reference was the designer’s nod to Adidas’s ubiquitous Stan Smiths, which spawned a series of crisp white and green dresses that can best be described as the tennis uniforms of the future. Something important to note: Wang didn't show any actual sneakers.
The athletic details continued throughout the collection in the form of slim-fitting trousers with tearaway snaps up the sides, mesh netting inserts on dresses and tops, and in one very literal case, a textural pattern that mimicked the sole of a sneaker. It also didn’t hurt that the show was set to the modern version of Jock Jams: bass-heavy electronic dance music, including a track by Wang's former T campaign star, Diplo. (While we’re on the subject, Skrillex was seated front row at the show, which I really got a kick out of.)
This isn’t the first time Wang has successfully captured the wonderful world of sports: One of his most memorable collections to date, spring 2010, featured football-inspired pieces injected with plenty of sex appeal, and it was a hit — just as we expect this clever collection to be.
As he made his signature run down the rubberized runway, the designer had a New Balance long-sleeve t-shirt tied around his waist, proving that he puts his money where his mouth is. Sneakers on the runway may not be a new concept, but as with most things he touches, Wang figured out how to keep it fresh.
Before the show, Cheryl headed backstage where she learned that the beauty look, too, took inspiration from the gym. Read on for her report:
Every season Wang wants simple beauty with uber-modern elements, and spring 2015 was no exception. To riff on the sneaker theme in the show, the makeup and hair were strong and sporty. Diane Kendal and her NARS makeup team dyed models’ eyebrows to match their skin tone. Then she put on NARS Via Appia Larger Than Life Long-wear Eyeliner, which she proceeded to half wipe off with Embryolisse. A swipe of gold eye paint on the lid — which Kendal called "very 'Bladerunner'" — completed the contoured, highlighted face.
Hair stylist Guido gave the models very low, dry ponytails that he juxtaposed with super slicked-down hair on the top, using Redken’s Hardwear Sculpting Gel and Diamond Oil spray. "It gives you a very futuristic kind of feeling. If the ponytail was higher it would look more "normal,'" Guido says. He wanted the overall effect to be modern with a "sweaty gym" vibe, though I’d definitely call this "runway gym hair." I’ve never seen hair that wet, even after the sweatiest SoulCycle session.