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  • Alexander Wang fall 2015 collection

  • Alexander Wang fall 2015 collection

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Alexander Wang goes dark for fall 2015

Alexander Wang left behind his usual sportswear references that gained him fame in order to explore a darker territory in his latest fall 2015 collection, a sleek study on the different facets of black that was inspired, according to the designer, by New Romanticism, the Victorian Goth, Japanese Lolitas, Marilyn Manson and heavy-metal hair bands like AC/DC, Kiss and Led Zeppelin. The collection had an edgy twist to it, with models running the catwalk in messy wet hair and wearing some really impressive platformed boots. The clothes were a blend of sci-fi glamour and punk attitude, embellished with silver studs, metallic zippers and ball chains that gave them a harsh but luxurious aspect. Exaggerated shoulders, leather turtlenecks, cropped tailored pants, body-conscious shapes and futuristic textures were juxtaposed with silk, pyjama-style suits, hippy-inspired dresses and velvet robes, making it a collection that was intelligently based on contrasts: the soft and the rough, the medieval and the sporty, the future and the past.

The collection, which was initially conceived as a response to the customers’ constant demand for black, took the metal concept even a step further: “We were extracting the idea of metal both in a literal sense, and how do we apply it to clothing — whether it’s fabric or metal trimming or hardware, and also the mood of metal and the attitude,” Wang explained backstage. Apart from the aforementioned looks in different hues of black, the collection also included a couple of grungy, red plaid jackets, as well as two boxy, heavily embellished white sweaters, worn with stonewashed blue jeans. But what literally stole the spotlight was a series of futuristic, semi-transparent mesh dresses that were paired with some oversized, gold and silver jackets. “They were actually 90 percent metal!” Wang told I-D. “Then we lined them with chenille and fur to give them some lushness.” Definitely forward thinking and uber sleek, Wang’s fall 2015 collection was received with great success by both critics and public, making it the perfect armor for the black-addicted, big city explorers.