Alexander Wang started off back in the mid-aughts taking inspiration from the street, and he’s still at his best when he’s working that beat. You could have walked straight out of his showroom onto Broadway three floors down in almost anything he presented today, feeling better than when you walked in. In short, his clothes made you want to shop. And we’re not just talking about the T-shirts stamped with QR codes that will open up his e-commerce site when you scan them on your phone.
He had a dark khaki trench. He had a little black dress. He had a sweater and skirt set. Essentials all, but they weren’t quite basic. The dark khaki trench came with a double buckle and knotted closure, a loose riff on a tool belt. The strapless LBD was layered over a boxy black tee that simultaneously dressed it down and gave it a cool edge. And as for the sweater and skirt, the former was ribbed with a narrow band of peekaboo slits above the chest and the skirt had an extra apron-like appendage (another tool shop reference) that added a little, but not too much, drama to its proportions. Tracksuits are certainly happening out there, but the oversize version here felt somewhat out of place. Wang is growing his denim business, launched last year, and the cropped and flared jeans he paired with a sleeveless, belted top and stacked-heel sandals with wide straps of black leather and chunky buckles were spot-on.