A lot has changed for Alexander Wang in his spring/summer 2011 show. New York's king of laid-back, downtown cool moved on from his dark “Opium Den” inspired collection of yesteryear, which was brimming with gothic, crushed velvets and deconstructed suiting, ultimately giving way to a SS11 that is all about a bright, white and futuristic narrative.
Like several other designers this season, Wang went for an up-beat tone for spring. The looks were almost entirely comprised of a light white and mint green colour palette in slouchy, sporty textured fabrics. One constant however, was the impressive star-studded front row, which included US Vogue’s Anna Wintour and Andre Leon Talley, actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, model Erin Wasson, and recording artist M.I.A among others.
Collars and waistbands were silver-foiled, adding a glittering optimistic edge to the everyday wearable sportswear. Eye catching scribble prints adorned chiffon dresses, and Wang’s familiar deconstruction leant a softer edge to tops and jackets. We loved the crazy, painted tribal hair that came down the runway, set to the soundtrack of South African duo Die Antwoord. It seems Alexander Wang can't put a wrong foot forward; we can never get enough!