Before the small showroom presentation, Alexander Wang described his pre-fall lineup as “coming apart” and “peeling away,” though this collection actually looked more pulled-together than disheveled. Wang combined strong men’s wear with high-tech influences, demonstrated, for example, with a gray coat with diagonal pinstripes over a blue zip-up pullover, accessorized with a cool grocery bag-like backpack with fluorescent pullers for graphic contrast. The look was at once sporty and tailored.

The distressed effects came in the details such as the holes in a boxy white shirt that, as the press notes put it, was engineered to appear “moth eaten.” In Wang’s hands, even that had plenty of commercial edge.

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