Alexander Wang Fall Winter 2014 collection

Jul 14, 2014

For his first runway show set in Brooklyn, Alexander Wang opened with a somber utilitarian vibe featuring grey over coats with boxy silhouettes. But it was not all gloomy. Wang’s fall-winter 2014 outing transformed into the sporty aesthetic he is well known for with sweaters in neon green and sporty trousers with slouchy shapes. Overall, the Wang woman keeps her cool factor with a look towards the future for the new season.

Making it in the big city requires two things: a great coat and walking boots. Wang had both. Outerwear was the show's strongest category, and there were a lot of persuasive options, from suede down puffers to shearlings to silk Windbreakers with jacquards of mountain scenes at the hem. A strong sartorial element—shades of Wall Street, the heartbeat of the city—wove through the collection as well, via suiting pullovers, leather shirt-collar dickeys, and silk cravats. As for the snap pockets that decorated the front of efficiently cut checked shifts, they were designed to house Moleskins notebooks, smart phones, lighters, and lipsticks—not bait and tackle.

That clever, high-tech finale sealed the deal: The show was just about worth the price of admission. That is, until we were confronted with the extreme urban conditions of an epic town-car traffic snarl on the way out of the Navy Yard. Escape from Brooklyn!

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