Alexander Wang staked his claim as master of urban sportswear with a spring collection as innovative as the athletics it emulated. In the massive Pier 94, a runway was delineated along the perimeter of four rectangular blocks of mirrors, with guests perched around in bleacher-style seating. The show opened in homage to the BMX biker with a healthy dose of mesh in bombers, blouses and jumpsuits. To emphasize the theme, fast-walking models came out carrying bike helmets or accessorized with laser-cut headscarf or mesh bandannas. Skintight leggings and track tops adorned with racing stripes would look as good at the Indy 500 as they did on the runway.
While not as light and loose as last year’s spring collection, the remixed Bermuda patterns and bursts of neon peeking through vests, jersey tanks and zip-up jackets felt buoyant nonetheless. Pointed pumps were made out of parchment, rubberized stingray, “parrot fish,” and other experimental materials, while weekender shoulder totes fashioned in the form of golf bags came in petrol and white.
The show ended with soccer jerseys transformed into mini dresses, baggy sweaters and crop tops, which were sheer and patterned in fluorescent diagonals and hexagons. We’ll gladly get into any one of these uniforms. Now if we could only get a little more into sports.