Sunday, September 12, 2010

Alexander Wang's artistic license - Spring/Summer 2011

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For anyone who missed the Alexander Wang live stream earlier this morning on, here is a video of the complete show, below. A pretty collection from Wang, delivered entirely in a white, ecru and pastel palette. The edgy sportswear hinged on layering and super-wide trousers – both major early trends in this Spring/Summer 2011 season, seen across several shows – as well as a barely-there digital print used in loose tunics and asymmetric shift dresses that looked a little like it was cut from the gouache-splodged white sheet off the floor of a painter’s studio. Not surprisingly, Jean-Michel Basquiat was an inspiration. Wang’s deconstructed trenches, overalls and paint-splattered bombers had a definite 1980s vibe, when Basquiat was at his peak. Grungy metallic accents included an aquamarine foil hoodie, embellished turn-down belts, jagged metallic stripes on pants - as if the outside seams had been duct-taped closed - and nose rings on all the models. It was hard not to be reminded a little of the Spring/Summer 2007 collection of Marc Jacobs (with whom Wang once interned), which played a key role in the popularisation of the still-current harem pant trend. 

Australia’s Abbey Lee Kershaw and Julia Nobis both walked in the show, as they did Rag & Bone on Friday, together with Bambi Northwood-Blyth, who has scored two shows so far (after Thursday’s Jen Kao).

In other Oz model news, Catherine McNeil walked in Jason Wu and opened Ohne Titel. Ajak Deng walked in the runway debut of Bono’s Edun collection.

As for Kershaw’s newly-platinum locks, died on the eve of the event, it seems the jury may be out on the look, which has transformed her into a Hitchockian heroine. It's definitely a different vibe than the Gidget de luxe look which helped set her apart from the other high fashion ice queens and with which she conquered the world's catwalks over the past two years. At Thursday night's Chanel party, she told Fashionologie that she planned to keep the colour all season, "unless a designer asks for it to be changed". 

Kershaw also walked at Jason Wu – in a turban. True, she wasn’t the only model in the 1940s-nosed show to be wearing one. At Wang, as with all the other models, she had white clay in her hair. Incidentally, that's the second time in four months that Nobis has had to wash white clay out of her own hair, following Dion Lee's SS1011 show in Sydney in May


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