May 23, 2019 | By Alice Gividen
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New York: Downtown darling Alexander Wang shook off the leather-bound heaviness of his F/W 12 collection in favor a lighter offering, though not one lacking in the edgy/cool style that has become his signature. Leather was still present in this collection, but it was used more sparingly, often pieced with other materials. Wang came up with creative ways to show skin – strategically placing opaque panels on a sheer dress, adding overlapping straps and cutouts to the backs of tops and dresses. The effect was sexy, but not overtly so. The tapered cropped pants and wide-leg long shorts he has shown in the past made a comeback, and the puffers of last season now appeared with sleeves slashed off and made from translucent nylon, making the down inside visible. Chunky yarns knit with large needles made for sweaters that felt at once substantial and lightweight. There was plenty for Wang’s cool-kid followers to latch onto, and one can expect they will be clamoring for these pieces when they hit the stores. –Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: Columnar / Slouchy
Color: Sand beige / Black / Bone white
Key Items: Cropped pants / Tops with strappy backs / Sheer-opaque dresses / Pieced leather jackets
Materials: Leather / Faux croc / Nylon / Chunky yarns / Wool suitings / Silk crepe / Ultra-fine ribbed knit / Chiffon
Details + Trim: Strappy backs / Cutouts / Piecing / Buckles
Accessories + Footwear: Slouchy leather backpack / Croc clutch / Slip-on ankle boots / Lace-up ankle strap ankle boots
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