New York Fashion Week: Alexander Wang Autumn/Winter 15
All black everything
Explaining backstage that buyers and retailers often request "the black version" of one of his covetable designs season after season, Alexander Wang decided for Autumn/Winter 15 to give them what they wanted so to speak – sending a completely black collection down the runway at New York Fashion Week: “Our retailers are always saying, ‘Can we have the black version?’” said Wang, “So I said, ‘Why don’t we just do an all-black collection?’”
The 31-year-old creative did cheat slightly however, as two off-white sweaters, stonewash denim, red-peppered plaid and metallic meshes walked the runway towards the end of the presentation. But there is no doubt that this is the most black that Wang has ever presented. And why not? It is, after all, one of the most sellable colours for retailers worldwide.
Citing Heavy Metal bands and in particular Kiss, as his inspiration for the AW15 season, Wang injected his all-black ensembles with powerful hardcore detailing – metallic chain fringes sashayed at the bottom of full length dresses, jackets and masculine cropped pants came complete with pocket chains created out of tiny silver balls and dresses were slashed to mimic Gene Simmons' iconic Kiss facepaint.
Beauty-wise, Kendall Jenner and an army of serious-faced models rocked wet, stringy hair and ivory complexions, stomping down the runway in their platform lug-sole combat boots.