Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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New York: Alexander Wang took things in a textural direction for F/W 12, experimenting with “the idea of shrink-wrap, lamination, covering-up, lacquering.” Fully-covered looks offered plenty of surface to showcase laminated and manipulated materials like puckered leather, waxed suede and coated tweed. Rigid silhouettes replaced his signature slouchy downtown separates, and felt substantially more grown up with key items including straight skirts with thigh-high slits up the front, crisp carrot pants and boxy high-neck jackets. Chainlink motifs in the form of chunky sweaters and fishnet turtlenecks evoked an industrial feel, while knee-length boots and opera-length gloves in stretch leather seemed to offer a form of protection for bare arms and legs. —Anna Jane Davis
Silhouette: Boxy / Tapered
Color: Black / Warm white / Burgundy / Black-green
Key Items: Fishnet turtleneck / Leather slit skirt / Carrot pants / Textured body-con dress / Laminated coat
Materials: Fishnet / Coated tweed / Treated leather — Puckered, laminated, ribbed / Velvet / Suede + waxed suede / Organza / Hosiery-like knits / Crisp synthetic wovens
Details + Trim: Gold hardware / Hairy fringe / Stand collars / Structured hoods
Accessories + Footwear: Knee-high boots / Stretch leather opera gloves / Frame clutches
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