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New York: After a few seasons of experimentation on the runway, Alexander Wang revisited the classically cool items that first earned him a devoted following – drape-y knits, updated motorcycle jackets, faded denim – and gave them a softer, more sophisticated feel. While a far cry from his recent directional runway shows, the Pre-Fall collection captured his edgy aesthetic in a more approachable way, and the result is sure to fly off the racks. Sweaters appeared in both body-hugging and slouchy varieties, with turtlenecks and mock turtlenecks used as a key detail. Soft flounces added femininity for skirts, sweaters and dresses, and motorcycle jackets were toned down in brown or burnt orange suede. Cropped, wide-leg jeans were faded and slashed at the knee, projecting an irreverent, punky feel, while draped jersey dresses were elegant while still maintaining their downtown appeal. Wang’s expanded Pre-Fall offering is certain to appeal to retailers as well as his loyal clientele.

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