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Alexander Wang

Autumn 12

Balancing the commercial expansion of a burgeoning brand while retaining the cool factor that was instrumental in its initial success is no mean feat, but with this collection Alexander Wang seems to have nailed it. Much like his autumn 12 collection, Wang is slick, his show playing on fabrics and finishes with sheen this time around. Fabrication is vital to the development of his label, as Wang took a luxurious direction with incredible attention to the role his textiles play. He custom developed the fabrics and it paid off as the glossy textures gave a finesse to the line. Lacquered jumpers – a move on from the metallic coatings on knits we’ve already seen – and waxed suede on coats and trousers played with expectations of how a textile should look and fall. It was polished, neat and intriguing – a strong recipe for balancing the commercial and the cool.

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