Alexander Wang at New York Fashion Show

Fashion history is scattered with collections devoted to the shade of black.

It was Alexander Wang’s turn. Explaining his motivation at his studio yesterday, Wang said, “Our customer wants black, so why not do an all-black collection?”

Fashion-Design-Weeks-Alexander-Wang-at-New-York-Fashion-Show Fashion-Design-Weeks-Alexander-Wang-at-New-York-Fashion-ShowBlack can look flat on the runway, and even flatter in runway pictures. Wang knew he’d have to juice it to make it work. Which must have been what got him thinking about the many subcultures for whom black is a way of life. Goths, Japanese Lolitas, heavy-metal hair bands.

Fashion-Design-Weeks-Alexander-Wang-at-New-York-Fashion-Show Fashion-Design-Weeks-Alexander-Wang-at-New-York-Fashion-Show Fashion-Design-Weeks-Alexander-Wang-at-New-York-Fashion-ShowHe gave Marilyn Manson and Kiss specific shout-outs, and you could see them both in the models’ slicked, spiky ‘dos and in their Frankenstein boots.

Fashion-Design-Weeks-Alexander-Wang-at-New-York-Fashion-Show Fashion-Design-Weeks-Alexander-Wang-at-New-York-Fashion-Show Fashion-Design-Weeks-Alexander-Wang-at-New-York-Fashion-ShowWang gave the pieces energy by loading them up with hardware. Ball-chain trim decorated the velvet revers of a tuxedo jacket and a silk jacquard robe, and lined the curving seams of willowy sleeveless dresses with cutouts at the shoulders. Three columns of silver snaps marched across boxy jackets, and there was the occasional wallet chain attached to the waistband of cropped trousers.

Fashion-Design-Weeks-Alexander-Wang-at-New-York-Fashion-Show Fashion-Design-Weeks-Alexander-Wang-at-New-York-Fashion-ShowKendall Jenner’s fitted top and long, fluid skirt trimmed with chain fringe at the hem counted as the most romantic evening look of Wang’s career.


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