Alexander Wang’s Spring 2010 collection is a departure from his signature grunge esthetic. Gone are the shredded sweaters and all black basics. He did, however, manage to keep his laissez-faire feel intact, drawing inspiration from the rugged athleticism of American football and making references to rugby, soccer, and baseball.
When asked before the show, Wang told an interviewer that he was inspired by “the deviant side of American teen culture.” The overall vibe is highschool sports with a sexy twist – soccer-style knee high socks are cut out in the back for a hint of skin, while a classic varsity jacket is taken up a notch, paired with sheer black pants and fierce ankle boots. There are also some fun, costumey pieces (like a heavily shoulder-padded sweatshirt meant to resemble a football jersey and white leotard with sheer panels on the sides) mixed in with the more practical stuff. I’m definitely coveting Wang’s new line of sunglasses, and I’m quite certain that sweatshirt-material basics and pretty striped knits will be on every girl’s wish list come spring 2010.
Alexander Wang’s Spring 2010 show displays his versatility, as well as his fun side and his sense of humour, while still conveying his unique point of view. While devoted fans of his very wearable grunge looks may not like the new direction he went in this season, it’s hard to deny that Alexander Wang is a true talent in American fashion, sure to remain an industry favourite for years to come.
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