February 13, 2011

Alexander Wang F/W 2011

Of course I have to discuss Alexander Wang's Fall 2011 collection. Overall impression? Disappointment! While looks that celebrate sleekness, sophistication and a general tough chick aesthetic walked down the runway, it's apparent Wang completely lost appreciation for the silhouette.

What I loved...

A fantastic look. It's rich and conscious of the figure. There's texture and a dropped waist. Classic, but still fresh.

Color play! It's refreshing to see Wang wink to color. The shock of muted neon green makes this look so dynamic. The high fur color and oversized pockets (which work in this look but not others) are flattering and season-appropriate.

This sandy blush color is a welcome surprise. The fur and sheen of the fabric mix so well together. Wang is still conscious of the figure, but adds a tomboy feel with the dropped pant.

So sleek with texture to boot! We see the dropped waist again in this slinky dress. Perfect play on texture with enough skin to satisfy the need to feel sultry.

Like the look above, this outfit is slinky. We've got a lot of interest in line and movement with the bandage inspired fabric. Dark and classic Wang.


The light cement color is Wang-appropriate, but what happened here? Really-- gigantic pockets on chest and hips? This coat nods at the cocoon shape that's been popular the past few seasons, but it looks disinterested in any sort of sophisticated shape.

Classic black, but what's with the Michelin Man arms? They appear so out of place. Rather than ignite some sort of intrigue, this coat is just ill-fitting.

Check out more looks here.

Aside from the disappointing elements of the collection, the hair and makeup were both spot on. 90's grunge was large and in charge with bed head hair (how I adore thee) and bold brows. Smudged dark makeup and muted lips came back with a vengeance. Check out this lowdown on how to get the look. It does a fantastic job of breaking down the styling with guides on where to get the products that reflect the collection's look.

I know I'll be ready to rock this palette come fall. Oh heck, we all know I do this already.

So all in all, Wang's appreciation of neutral, sleek clothing rang true, but his lack of figure-conscious pieces dragged Fall 2011 down.