Venice Beach’s skating and surfing subculture inspired Alexander Wang for fall, yielding a fun and nonchalant collection with a “neo hippie” vibe. It was symbolized by Wang’s new “tropic” palm print, shown head-to-toe in gray and black for flocked wool flannel suits — in reflective yellow on mesh bonded nylon parkas and shirts.
Discreetly embossed camouflage motifs on waterproof technical fabric were worked into military hooded parkas and cargo pants. Bandana-inspired intarsia sweaters, logo T-shirts with colorful bar codes and bucket hats also hit on the designer’s streetwear sensibility. In more classic vein, a lightly quilted zipped jacket in pinstripes came with a matching crew neck top and sweater pant, offering a cool alternative to “formal” suits.
Wang’s commercial savvy was evident in the range of leather pieces displayed at his showroom: Corrugated leather biker jackets, shearling duffle coats and a parka in lambskin that mimicked terrycloth.