Alexander Wang leads worship at altar of high fashion
Designer showed bondage-style chokers, furry jackets and tweed mini-skirt suits in show held in church for New York Fashion Week
King of cool Alexander Wang took over a Romanesque church in New York on Saturday to present a bondage-inspired collection.
The fashion pack wrapped up in fur coats and braved temperatures of minus-12 degrees Celsius on one of Manhattan’s coldest nights in 20 years.
Wang, the young superstar who defines downtown cool, surprised many by renting out St Bartholomew’s episcopal church on Park Avenue for a collection that was as sexy and as edgy as ever.
Wang’s black-and-white palette was prominent, broken up with woolly orange, dark purple, blue and baby-doll pink. Legs were encased in two-tone opaque and see-through leggings with chunky boots.
At the end, Wang made a victory lap, long black hair flying as he ran down the catwalk, dressed in black with the words “holy smoke” written on each side of his chest.
His models wore bondage-style chokers with buckles, chunky silver interlocking chain necklaces, tweed mini-skirt suits, angora-style fluffy sweaters and beanie hats.
Coats and suiting had a white background with black leaf detail, almost a dalmatian effect and casual jackets were fur-lined. There were studded platform boots with cut-out heels and biker boots.
Femininity was provided in the form of delicately pleated leather dresses and a pink and black chessboard style crepe dress.
There were copious lashings of leather, including a beautifully pleated pink skirt. Sweaters were adorned with the black silhouette of a pole dancer and gauze blouses worn without bras.
Emphasising the crossover between fashion and music as seen earlier in the week by collections from Kanye West and Rihanna, Wang premiered American producer Baauer’s new song Temple, featuring South Korean singer G-Dragon and British star M.I.A.