The Meteoric Rise of Alexander Wang

It goes without saying that the fashion world, as we know it, has never been more full to the brim with innovation and creativity. Consequently, fashion followers such as ourselves here at Boon Models (one of the top up-and-coming NYC modeling agencies) are left in a constant state of excitement every time a fashion week looms on the horizon.

Alexander Wang – always a designer at heart – moved to New York City when he was 19 to study fashion and pursue his dreams, which resulted in his first collection in 2007 that consisted predominantly of knitwear. Well, I guess that’s not overly surprising considering the cold weather we get here sometimes. Then, after many years of award-winning thought-provoking collections, he eventually took Nicholas Ghesquière’s place as Creative Director of coveted fashion house Balenciaga in 2012. Although we might sound blasé about this, we must take the time to underline that this is probably one of the most difficult jobs to attain in the entire world – being the fashion equivalent of the President– so Alexander Wang had obviously had to prove that he had what it takes. And he certainly didn’t disappoint the fashion house, by going on to incorporate his own signature modern aesthetic to the brand that he has become so well known for.

Flash forward to 2015, when Saturday saw him launch one of his own personal collections, gaining much more recognition and praise than even we could have anticipated. The collection itself was noticeably dark and gothic, incorporating leather and chainmail, with gun-metal and silver embellishments. Alongside having the world’s biggest celebrities such as Nicki Minaj and Kanye West in the front row, Alexander also made sure he had some of the top models in the world gracing the runway such as South African Victoria’s Secret Angel Behati Prinsloo and Kendall Jenner.

The models were dressed in a variety of floor length, ankle-skimming black creations, all brought together with the signature ‘chunkiness’ of Wang’s footwear and accessories. The key to this juxtaposition laying – as it has done in several other designer’s collections – in the fact that they were not overtly showing much flesh until it became apparent that most of their outfits were completely sheer. This contrast was underlined even more uniquely by the hair and make-up, wherein resident hair stylist Guido Palau adopted the wet, dishevelled look, seeing strands of hair hanging down the model’s faces. Then to add even more of an evocative air, make-artist Diane Kendal adapted haunting pale complexions and deep set eyes with chiselled razor-sharp looking cheekbones.

Hats off to you Alexander Wang; this show has left us somewhat terrified but at the same time dying to see these unique and beautiful clothes hit the streets of New York, where they were clearly meant to be worn and compliment the dark undertones of the city.

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