Alexander Wang

Hear that? It’s the sound of a legion of editors and bloggers stuffing shoes into designer luggage and tucking eye cream into carry-on bags. That’s right: It’s time for New York Fashion Week again. The shows begin February 10; let’s prepare by way of review. (Of course, since spring collections are arriving every day now, you can also review and prepare by shopping!)

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Marc Jacobs photo: Jessa Carter for The Thread

HERE’S WHAT WE WERE ALL TALKING ABOUT LAST SEASON

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Midi dress from Alexander Wang Fall/Winter 2015Black is the haughtiest color. And yet, when it comes to actually getting dressed in the morning, it is often the most accommodating and unfussy. But do you want to be the dour person dressed in all noir?

You do.

For his Fall/Winter 2015 collection, Alexander Wang looked to goth metal. That translates to an absence of color, studded accessories, ball-chain trim and exposed zippers—plus operatic vocals over grunting baritones and thrumming guitars, but not really. Like the mishmash of opposing musical influences that characterize the rock genre, Wang’s edgy fashion elements are cut with luxury materials and neo-Victorian propriety to create elegantly tailored pieces sure to outlast any musical phase.

Take the collection’s wool midi dress, which has velvet striping that flatters and accents modestly while creating an inventive play on a classic shape with its metal embellishments. A studded silk and cashmere turtleneck sweater makes cozy badass—it’s what you’ll reach for most Mondays.

If you’re not the brooding type, maybe you’re more of a joiner, then T by Alexander Wang has you equipped.

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Industry darling Alexander Wang celebrated his tenth year at the helm of his eponymous line with a knockout collection based in grunge, edge and androgyny.

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Known for putting on a show, Wang made sure not to disappoint, using blasting music, a giant projection screen and pole dancers to inject the evening with an energy only the designer himself could create.

On the runway, deconstructed denim, oversized tees, pajama trousers and menswear-inspired trenches mixed with silk lingerie maxi dresses, skintight leather pants and his signature dose of sportswear (think basketball jersey weaves, clean white hoodies and the ever-trendy fashion sneak). Though we’re sorry to say there will be no return to Balenciaga for Wang next year, we’re excited to see what he’ll be doing with the free time.

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Monica makes layering look easy. She’s definitely mastered the effortless cool style of the Parisian streets. Knotted waist details have been trending a bit this year, and I love this knit dress and its knotted detail. A classic denim jacket worn under a wool coat gives this look textural dimension.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Jean Jackets | Trendy Dresses | Black Loafers

Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:

Topshop Denim Jacket | T by Alexander Wang Tie-Front Dress  | Tod’s Leather Loafer

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Fringe continues to dominate the street-style scene in Paris. Elle’s long, fringed leather skirt has great movement and adds some modern city style to her nautical look. The drawstring bag has been numero uno all year and shows no signs of stopping. I’m a fan of breaking the old-school navy and black rule, especially when the outcome is as great as this!

xo,
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Fringe Everything | Stripe Tops | Drawstring Handbags

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Tamara Mellon Suede Skirt | T by Alexander Wang Stripe Top | Elizabeth and James Bucket Bag

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New York Fashion Week: February 14

Highlights and commentary from yesterday’s New York Fashion Week runway shows: Alexander Wang takes grown-up goth to the next level, Altuzarra shows us how sensual menswear-inspired silhouettes can be and Herve Leger celebrates 30 years of the bandage dress with vampy new takes on the iconic classic.

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NEW! Balenciaga Shoes

There’s something you need to know about Balenciaga shoes: they’re live on Nordstrom.com and in select stores as of … now.

 

There’s something else you should know: This is an exciting time for footwear within the already very exciting brand. For years, under Nicolas Ghesquière, shoes were outsourced to Pierre Hardy. Now that Alexander Wang is at the helm, everything from heels to boots to sneakers happens in-house. 

Here’s to Wang and company owning it, and, perhaps, you owning a pair or two, also.

 

 

SHOP: Balenciaga Shoes for Women | Balenciaga | Women’s Designer Shoes

—Laura Cassidy

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Elena was calling her driver to take her to the next show, but I couldn’t resist taking a quick snap anyway. Logo tops are everywhere right now, and this J.W. Anderson sweater is too good not to share. Black and white continues to dominate the Fashion Week world, and Elena’s look has well-balanced contrast. Her pleated mini and duster coat are interesting new trends—I can’t wait to experiment with these myself! And two of my favorite things—slip-on sneakers and mirrored sunnies—remain staples of the style scene. Thank goodness!

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Black Graphic Sweaters | Black Leather Slip-On Sneakers | Alexander Wang Satchels

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Halogen Sweater | Ash Leather Slip-On Sneaker | Alexander Wang Leather Satchel

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That’s right—more white! Everyone at Fashion Week is obsessed with all-white looks and Abigail is no exception. While her black leather accessories and heavy chain give this look an urban edge, the clean palette feels modern and minimal. The crop top is practically a requirement at Fashion Week and I love this long-sleeve version, which pairs perfectly with Abigail’s slim midi skirt.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Long-Sleeve White Crop Tops | Black Leather Bucket Bags | Strappy Black Heels

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Alice + Olivia Crop Top | Alexander Wang Bucket Bag | Topshop Strappy Sandal

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I love all of these amazing monochromatic ensembles we’re seeing this Fashion Week. Bridgit’s chic look is pretty much perfection in cream. Her conceptual sweater vest adds a touch of texture, as does her luxe snakeskin clutch. Aviators are a classic and work seamlessly with this clean, contemporary outfit. And that little pop of color on Bridgit’s platform heels peeking out—genius!

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Sleeveless Sweater Vests | White Trousers and Wide-Leg Pants | Envelope Clutches

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Caslon Drape-Neck Zip Cardigan | Lafayette 148 New York White Trousers | Alexander Wang Envelope Clutch

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