LOOKING FOR ANSWERS: After most of the house had filled in at Manhattan’s Pier 94 on Saturday night for Alexander Wang’s runway show, the cartoonish South African rap group Die Antwoord, which currently fronts Wang’s T by Alexander Wang campaign, took their seats. Frontman Ninja wore a white sailor suit and cap with a matching pair of shorts. He looked like a slimmed-down version of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man with a Fu Manchu mustache and thigh tattoos. His bandmate, Yo-Landi Vi$$er, a tiny woman with a bleach-white mullet, wore a shiny gold bubble jacket and black contact lenses. Despite Ninja’s military regalia and the fact that the group’s name means “The Answer” in Afrikaans, he practiced a policy of nonengagement. When asked who had crafted his uniform, he grabbed a front-row goody bag and pointed to Wang’s logo. Neither seemed eager to go much further than that. “We just chillin’ tonight,” Ninja explained, flashing a gold tooth.
As it turned out, the biggest star on Saturday was not front of house, but in the show. Gisele Bündchen headlined a pack of models, which also included Shalom Harlow and Karolina Kurkova, that closed the show. The group posed for pictures behind the curtains after the proceedings.
“I personally think he’s a great guy, a great person, and he’s always so sincere,” Bündchen said of Wang and her rare Stateside runway appearance. “He asked me and I’m very happy that I was able to be here.”
Bündchen’s turn in the show capped a busy week for the model. Her husband, Tom Brady, was the losing quarterback in the Super Bowl. In the wake of the loss, a camera phone caught her complaining that Brady could not both throw and catch the football, a dig at the receiving skills a few of his teammates had demonstrated in the game. Asked about the week-long fallout from the made-for-sports-radio comments, Bündchen stopped talking. She smiled, raised an index finger and walked away.