Alexander Wang

The industry is changing, that seems to be the consensus. But with all of the streamed shows, musicians minting collections, fast fashion and bloggers as industry critics, the old adage rings true: the more things change, the more they stay the same.

New York Fashion Week Fall 2016 was a giant circus of stars and star-chasers. Black was back, with gothic overtones. And as fashion looked forward, it couldn’t help but glance back to the ’70s and ’90s. Here are the things that we think are notable from NYFW Fall 2016.

  1. Lady Gaga walked in towering boots for Marc Jacobs. Although the diva’s presence was momentous, the dramatic clothes and theatrical presentation required no gimmicks.

Lady Gag for Marc JacobsImage: InDigital

THE COUNTDOWN CONTINUES

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Renowned member of the minimalism pack, Amy Smilovic took androgyny to new levels with her latest collection for Tibi, giving us a new sense of direction for fall.Tibi_138_fw16And not androgyny in the way everyone else is doing it either. The founder’s take is less “borrowed from the boys” and more “gender fluid,” or as Smilovic put it: “the way a woman wears a guy’s jeans—a guy can wear a woman’s, too.” There’s a style in the ease Smilovic has perfected at the helm of Tibi, one that doesn’t rely on bold patterns and structure, but on simplicity and comfort. There’s never a sense that the clothing is trying too hard, but at the same time there’s nothing underrated about it. Languid silk slips and lace blouses, sans bras, layered under oversized blazers added sensuality to a predominantly male-influenced showcase. Carefully layered velvets, mohairs, furs and metallics all made an appearance in military greens, terracottas and oxbloods with touches of quartz, emerald green and blush.

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Alexander Wang‘s back to just one job this season—his own—and all of fashion was waiting for a powerful, personal statement. And on Saturday night at Saint Bartholomew’s gilded and ornate church, they got it.

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The statement was both overt and, well … fuzzy. An overall ’90s vibe pervaded, and sweaters, caps, leggings and more were blasted with key words—proclamations? Acknowledgments? Testimony?

FIND OUT WHAT WANG WAS SAYING

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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

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

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.

 

 

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—Laura Cassidy

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