People always talk about how Alexander Wang is the favorite of all the hipsters. All the cute, cool girls love his stuff and everyone under 50 is trying to beg, borrow or steal a ticket to his show. Well I don't want to talk about that. I want to talk about how the show he presented on Saturday was the best of his career. Besides being burdened with the hipster label, Wang is always compared to the other God of hipsterdom: Marc Jacobs. And it's a fair comparison. Both are designers who are hyper aware of what's going on in the culture this very minute but also have a library or references at their disposal. They take bits and pieces from both past and present and masterfully blend them into something that just feels perfect for right now. This season Wang had splashes of Rodarte, Comme des Garcons and Alaia blended in with his trademark sexy silhouettes. There were strong shoulders, which are the biggest trend of last season, and Wang showed them in sweatshirt fabric. While in the past his silhouettes were simple and easy this season things were more complex and intellectual. The setting of Pier 94, which is a bit of a schlep, provided a perfect backdrop and despite being the hot ticket of the week there wasn't a snag or bottleneck anywhere to be seen at the door. It felt like a Givenchy show or a Helmut Lang show when the line was still designed by Lang. Very high praise for a kid from New York.
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