Fashion’s grudging rejection of black and slow embrace of cheerier colors, which took many seasons to get up to speed (beginning largely with Raf Simons at Jil Sander), is now at risk of serious backstepping — although one could argue a correction has been due for some time.
For fall, Alexander Wang abandoned his own sporty raver chicks and sent out a nearly all-black and quite cheeky collection — a glam version of Winona Ryder in Beetlejuice. The blobs of black he showed in various shell and coat shapes, covering almost every inch of skin, were about as far removed from insouciant femininity as one could get, complete with studded monster-style platform boots.
It would have been an ode to gothic ’80s were it not for a smattering of grunge ’90s tartans, thick-gauge cream sweaters, and diaphanous chain-link dresses at the end. A droll nod to the great alterna-styles of recent history, especially coming from Wang, is a guaranteed hit and an instant classic.