Alexander Wang, AW12, New York.
On first impression Alexanders Wang’s recent Autumn- Winter 2012 collection was all about textures - matt vs. shiny, coated vs. uncoated, bubbled vs. smooth. The subtext however was far more interesting and by reading further into the use of all these textures there was a sense that the collection was actually much more about control.
Whether it was in the fluid soft-handling chiffons trapped in the seams of leather bodices, or the bubbled wooly fabrics glossed under a slick coating, there was a layering effect that was all about using discipline - and the contrasts were in effect just a tool for showing the control.
The glossy maroon textured fabric was more interesting when seamed directly next to it’s unglossed counterpart. The wet-look ridged fabrics were nicely offset by matt press studs. Even the way that the press studs in themselves were used to hold lapels back in place were a small token of control in themselves, and also served as a punctuation mark on the garments.
Images from Vogue.co.uk».