“…tension and subtraction expressed through structure and fluidity.” – Alexander Wang
Alexander Wang delivers an intriguing suspended take on deconstruction for Spring 2013. While I still remain partial to his Fall 2012 collection, I found this to be a masterful demonstration of cut and fit. Spring 2013 is both effortlessly modern and cooly innovative. It remains true to the sporty street style makeup inherent to Wang’s style while presenting a slickly tailored shape. Streamlined structure takes on a whole other concept of lightness with the pieces seeming to suspend in the air. I particularly love the use of negative space in this collection. Strips of cotton, python, and leather are cleverly held together with fagoting threads and clear mesh filaments, resulting in a rather alluring illusion. Each piece appears delicate as if it could unravel with the slightest touch, and yet, manages to defy gravity. Moreover, this is a collection of fluid suspension without any sort of romance. Sleek lines dominate with minimal fuss while even overblown woven knit tightly adheres to the torso. The trompe l’oeil layering is elegantly rendered to reveal crisp white cotton or flashes of skin. Moreover, a monochromatic palette feels refreshingly on point for spring. This is until we are to treated to the fantastic glow-in-the-dark curtain call. In doing so, Wang is able to meld the wild rave-like element more characteristic of his after parties to this chicly innovative collection. Bravo.