Friday, November 8, 2013

Spring 2014 Fashion Picks, Case in Point: Alexander Wang

So, I know that no one's hardly reading my blog and it's partly my fault because I rarely update it and I don't think I'm any good at putting content that others would be interested in reading. And then other half is, well, the fact that I don't know how to gain exposure over here. I have yet to learn more about that.

For the mean time, here's me trying to breathe a bit of life into this pathetic empty space. So, I am deathly bored at work and browsing around the webzzz has got me inspired to talk about fah-zhawn. Yes. I have always been a fah-zhawn geek and unfortunately, all these opinion and opinion and opinion I have for the collections only end up being word-vomited unto my unfortunate friends. 

After years and years of keeping it to myself and my friends, of writing about it occasionally for work.... Here's my very first attempt to actually write about it, choose which designers I wanna highlight and talk about without being bound by requirements and shizzz.

For the first installment, I'm gonna discuss the very talked-about spring 2014 line of Alexander Wang.

So.. The first few things that popped into my mind were - clean, crisp, midriff, boxy, pajama. Right. And as I type this, the "Parental Advisory" graphic shirts are fast-becoming the hottest trends right now. I can actually hear the waves of knock-offs crashing down down and down. I've also heard that Forever21 jumped on it and came up with similar shirts. People still debating whether they were crossing legal lines. I couldn't care less.

Not that I have anything against it, I actually like it (not Forever 21 but the logo! In an interview, Wang mentioned that he grew up during the 90s, and that's obviously a time when logos were a thing and so was minimalist cool.. along with all things jaded yet fun. The 90s are so in right now it's actually making me sick. I've always wondered if there's an all-powerful voice that commands certain trends to become THE trend of the season. Because for some reason, all these designers end up riding the same themes and it trickles down. The next thing you know, everyone's worshiping 90s fashion and they are in fact worshiping all things 90s right now.

Oh well, on with the show. So, all the minimalism and effortless masculine cool vibe scream 90s. Wang states that the logos and the overall theme serve as a call for fashion to take a breather from all the seriousness and I think that the message he's trying to say reverberates not just on how he's having fun with logos (Alexander Wang plastered on the bands of the skirts) but with the entire collection in itself. 

Some more of the looks I loved. (Left) Very school girl-ish, that's the logo emblazoned skirt! see? I am also planning on copying the top, gonna thrift for a button down shirt and have it altered! (Right) Very 90s no? Slip dress with exquisite details like that slit and the flatteringly long strap meant for chestless ladies like me.

Setting a trend, he came up with these ingenious looks, seriously, impeccable styling! button-downs worn differently, closed just on the top and all open to bare the midriffs - cool and arguably original (cause I think I've already seen a couple of editorials back then doing the same thing, long lean models in loungy pants and button downs bearing the midriff).

Anyway, one thing I noticed and absolutely liked about the whole collection is the uniform vibe. Some pieces are like a cross between school girls and health care providers - think nurses, surgeons, asylum keepers - but chic and stylish. They're like something nurses would wear in the near future. But of course, all of which were executed with a very NOW treatment, very modern, streamlined and crisp. Everything's so simple and clean, I wanna roll around a bed with fluffy fresh linen covers and pillows.

Oooh and I also loved the shoes. I think those really deserve some attention. Most of the time, awesome and impeccably styled collections blind people from noticing the really awesome accessories and footwear! 

There was something a bit comical about the enamel-looking/patent single or color blocked platform loafers and mary janes but totally wearable and easy to pair with a lot of things. I particularly loved the black and white ones... very reminiscent of school girl shoes, you'd actually think that the model were wearing socks but no. All in all, it was really smashing and refreshing, it would easily fall into the my bucket of favorites had I been the first ones to see the collection.