2007 September 6
Alexander Wang - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2008
(NEW YORK) At only 23, Alexander Wang’s design aesthetic is one of cool, insouciant chic—the same effortless playfulness seen in the Wang devotees dancing in near-Sahara desert-esque conditions at his after-party can be found in the designer's clothes. And this collection was not only Wang's first formal runway show and a collaboration with hallowed heel-er Manolo Blahnik; Wang also utilized the styling skills of catwalk queen Erin Wasson.. Unofficially inspired by the style of quirky young models, or as the designer calls them, models off-duty (M.O.Ds), Wang’s designs revealed a lot of leg, albeit in an irreverent, I’m-so-beautiful-but-I-don’t-know-it kind of way. Wool shorts and minis, cropped skinny jeans, and distressed denim shorts were the staples of this collection, slouchy cropped wool pants and a loose-fitting black skirt were more reasonable options—for those of us who aren’t Iekeline. The cool-model theme was offset by Wang’s other inspirations, the movies 9½ Weeks and Working Girl. These influences were not the most obvious combination, but in typical Wang-ian fashion, the designer doesn’t like things to be too literal. He made the power dressing with a tougher edge work by matching blazers and easy-fit jackets with baggy shorts and wife-beaters and by using a minimalist palette of grey, white, and metallic silver.