For the finale of Alexander Wang’s spring show, held Saturday eveningat Pier 94, nine models, all acid blondes clad in ivory variations oflooks that had already been shown, took their places along the cementrunway. The lights went down, and the clothes, which wereglow-in-the-dark, lit up. Then so did the crowd. It was a very coolending to a collection known for being the epitome of cool. But morethan merely engineered for the in crowd, the lineup was sophisticatedand very smart. While Wang holds fast to something quite specific —stripped-down street with an urgent attitude — he does not lack forinventive ways to handle it.


The overarching impression left by the speed-of-light pace of therunway was one of sharp, minimalist sport. There were boxy “hockeyjerseys” worn over tailored shorts — skinny and Bermuda styles — andsome of the models wore lacquered porcelain helmets. Wang rarely strayedfrom black and white, and when he did, it wasn’t far — a few notes ofbeige leather and gray. The silhouette was more spare and crisp, instark cotton and exotics, such as karung snakeskin, than previousiterations, yet nothing was plain.

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