So I waited breathlessly all day on Saturday to hear if my PR friend could get me into the hottest ticket in town, the Alexander Wang FW '09 show and i got the call at about 5:00, just as I was leaving the Spurr presentation at Milk Studios. Alas, it was not meant to be... Perhaps it was a blessing in disguise, as it turned out to be a major madhouse with a ridiculously long line around the corner of the famed Roseland Ballroom...apparently several noteables barely made it in, even after waiting for a good 45 minutes. All I have to say is thank God for my front row seat at Style.com!
I am currently having an Alexander Wang love/hate affair. He is beyond on fire!!! Stores can't keep the product in stock...it is semi-affordable and gives us fashion girls a taste of the kind of innovative design one sometimes only finds on the European runways. I called his white, jersey, goddess dress the dress of the Spring season. That said the collection is definitely designed with the 20-something set in mind, so at times can look a bit youthful on my generation. Yes, I know what you are thinking...I never care about age appropriateness, so why do I with AW. Its not that I can't find great items that work for me, it is just that so many of the styles are clearly conceived for a model-esque figure. I want it, but I can't always wear it!!!
So what did I think of the new collection? I loved it!!!! NY is sort of having a rock-n-roll moment and Alexander Wang gave us the best of it. His woman was part powerful, fashion-superhero and part futuristic rock goddess. Every look was shown with fab, motocross-like capri leggings which I am sure will be the must-haves on the coming Fall season. He also styled about half the show with tough to wear biker shorts which I am sure won't be a big statement at retail. The leather jackets or jackets in general were to-die...perfectly shaped and so sexy. The bandage dresses also were highlights, but the piece-de-resistance was a show-stopping crystal embellished dress, which I am sure will be my answer to Spring's white goddess dress. Sure I saw a little Balmain in the collection, but the core was pure Wang. The new collection is still model-esque, but I did get the sense that he was thinking of a broader audience this time around as he experimented with texture via some gorgeous tweed-like pieces. Overall, though, you still need to be fit and confident to pull this one off!!! I for one plan on being in tip top shape as this will be sure to be one of my absolute wants come September...