New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2018: Alexander Wang
Wang’s collection painted a broad depiction of what the contemporary female executive looks like. She was authoritarian in a shiny black python coat, Amazonian in little black dresses with sunray zips, gladiatorial in a mink jumper with a leather back panel, and elegant in tuxedo dresses that evoked Yves Saint Laurent. Sometimes she seemed to be trekking to work in her gym clothes, albeit with mink trims and patent leather backpacks for the morning commute. “I wanted to have variety and the sense that she’s just as comfortable dressed up as she is dressed down,” Wang explained. “And also to knock down the stereotypes of power-dressing, which is really an individual approach; how she sees herself. Just because she’s tough doesn’t mean she can’t be playful. Just because she’s sensual doesn’t mean she can’t have strength. She's sexy but on her own terms. She is always in control. She dresses for herself. With all the power comes also the playfulness. I wanted it to feel like there was strength there and discipline but also the sense of wit.” He succeeded in ticking those boxes, although his praiseworthy points would have benefitted from an older cast than girls, who looked more like it was bring-your-daughter-to-work day.