Friday, February 18, 2011

NYC Fashion Week: Fall/Winter 2011: Alexander Wang

No argument, Alexander Wang is one of New York's fashion stars. His latest laurels: a GQ/CFDA menswear award, and the opening of his first flagship just days away. And yet, for the past two seasons, his ready-to-wear collection has received a mixed response from editors who thrive on Wang's buzz and retailers who do gangbusters with his ever-expanding T line.

But with today's show, Wang made a triumphant return to form that injected the sexy, tough, cool-girl attitude he's built his brand on with a heightened sense of luxury. The designer explained in a preview: "We're almost poking fun at decadence and luxury." Almost, and well, really just enough. All the lush, cocoon-y outerwear was clever, not clownish or immature in its hybridizations of bomber jacket-turned-poncho, boyfriend blazer-turned-fur coat, and a tuxedo jacket with puffer sleeves.

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