December is shaping up to be a busy month in New York. On Sunday night, Donatella paid tribute to some of Versace’s greatest hits with a runway show at the New York Stock Exchange. On Saturday night, Alexander Wang was hard at work, staging his latest Wangfest at the old Williamsburg Savings Bank in Brooklyn. Wang kicked off his Fall 2019 show with a caviar and champagne toast, before debuting a 55-look, 80’s-inspired collection with a few nostalgic elements of its own. Our favorite throwback *lewk* of the night? The revival of the Turbie Twist. That’s right, your go-to, post-shower hair towel has now been deemed street appropriate.
In the spirit of “American hustle” and drawing on his own fragmented upbringing, Wang (who grew up a Chinese-American in San Francisco) plays with disparate ideas in Collection 2. “There was always a question of where I fit in,” Wang told Vogue of his inspiration for the show.
Soft wool, smooth leather, lace, and tweed (and terrycloth, of course) were all juxtaposed in some fashion. Rugby shirts as dresses were popular silhouettes, as were the bold, shoulder-padded suits made for power dressing. “We’re taking stereotypes of class and wealth and trying to remix them, giving status symbols a new sensibility,” Wang said.