Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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New York: Alexander Wang’s downtown hipster girl is all grown up and ready to do business. The traditional tailored suit served as a jumping off point for the young designer’s collection, but the results were anything but conservative. Pale grey, pinstriped and black suitings were chopped and layered into slim ensembles, many featuring notches at the midriff or cropped tops that allowed for a bit of skin show. The thigh-grazing lengths were further proof that these looks weren’t meant for the conventional workplace, and backpacks with trailing satin ribbons and thigh-high legwarmers lent a sense of school-girlish naiveté. A closer look revealed wearable pieces like heather grey cardigans and knee-length leather shorts that brought the collection down to earth. Like many other New York designers, Wang included velvet in his show. The once-musty fabric has never looked fresher than in Wang’s capable hands. Flared pipe-cleaner slim pants, leggings and cutout tops were made from striated jewel-toned velvet, and the material was intricately laser cut for a battenburg lace effect. The finale featured even more velvet – this time slick and smooth panne – for beautiful asymmetrically ruched dresses pieced with alluring chiffon.
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