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NYFW: ALEXANDER WANG SS16

Pole dancers swang amongst the designs at Pier 94 for Alexander Wang’s 10th birthday celebrations.

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First things first

With this season marking the 10th anniversary of Alexander Wang, the actual clothes took a backstage to the evening’s more in-your-face facets: a star-studded front row including Kanye West and Lady Gaga; a retrospective film following the designer’s transformation from angel-faced Parsons grad to Balenciaga Creative Director and beyond; and of course, the afterparty to top all afterparties.

The experience

Guests gather in cavernous Pier 94, a dimly lit hall reminiscent of an airplane hangar with stadium-style seating. Thirty minutes after start time, once everyone has been corraled to their seats, the lights flicker. A long LED screen forms a bright-white runway backdrop, then after the passage of the last model, flashes frenetic glimpses of Wang’s bright 10-year tenure. The screen displays Wang’s now-iconic logo, and Wang himself comes running out, just as an enormous gate on one side of the auditorium scrolls upward to reveal a reveller’s paradise: red lights swirling over an array of pole dancers and Hooters waitresses serving buffalo chicken and unlimited drinks.

And the clothes

Following his brief time at Balenciaga – a period marking a shift toward a greater sense of refinement in his eponymous collection – Wang re-asserted himself with clothes that couldn’t have been more Wang. No gimmicks here, just wearable pieces in his signature street-luxe style: a satin bomber jacket, tank dresses with boxing glove laced details, and plenty of bustiers and mesh. All in all, a triumph 10 years in the making.

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Words: R.J. Hernández

NYFW: ALEXANDER WANG SS16

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