Having declared 'No After-Party' – on his T-shirt, no less – following last season's runway show, Alexander Wang was feeling the party spirit for Spring/Summer 2018, hosting #Wangfest.
Sharing the invitation with his Instagram followers, #Wangfest went on tour, with 32 models – Kendall, Bella and Binx included – shuttled to three locations. The first two, Manhattan’s Lafayette Street and Astor Place, were for the public, meaning it was the industry insiders who saw it second hand on social media, ahead of the tour bus arriving in Bushwick, Brooklyn, for their presentation – Wang's take on democracy at work.
Well practiced by round three, it was NYFW's most-talked-about, Kaia Gerber, who opened the show wearing a white twisted jersey mini dress, with Brit models Suki Waterhouse and Alice Dellal filing out of the tour bus behind her. But what of the clothes? Taking deconstruction to the next level, the off-the-shoulder, spliced and twisted techniques we’ve seen transform shirting over the past few seasons were applied to everything from tailoring to trench coats, with extra sleeves knotted at the waists of jackets, trousers and mini skirts. Camisoles, meanwhile, were sewn into sweatshirts, cotton poplin shirts and tank tops, and destroyed denim jeans were fused with leather leggings. Wang’s collaboration with adidas Originals still going strong, three-stripe track tops fared the same treatment, while a tux line-up, kicked off by Vittoria Ceretti in a waist-cinched jacket teamed with jeans – one leg completely covered in silver studs – added a definite dose of sophistication, even when paired with carnival-esque, feather-tufted hairbands that spelled out 'Wangover', 'After After-Party', 'Secret Location' and 'Party Animal'; in other words, party Wang is back.
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