Runway Rundown: Alexander Wang Goes Goth [NYFW]
Alexander Wang’s 2017 RTW collection gave us Bella and Kendall, all black everything, and a throw down of epic proportions at the abandoned, totally haunted, standing-room only Hamilton Height’s Theater. Wang’s rager presentation and approach to street style took a turn this season with an all female, coven-centric runway serving up party-girl meets goth realness vibes. The refreshingly uncomplicated prose of Wang’s elegant goth-grandeur put a spell on his audience: one consisting of sleek, chic black leather trousers, witchy satin, fishnet dresses, and studded boots and handbags. Goth culture is the mother of alternative creativity and consumption, where offhand allure thrives through the vulnerable exploration of oneself (and not by dumpster diving alongside the mainstream masses).
Every generation has a gothic awakening lead by creatives who brush off relevancy and strive instead for true timelessness. Alexander Wang is on the front lines of 2017’s movement, by resurrecting the catsuit and inscribing in a pair tights that there is ‘No After Party.’ As Lirio from The Craft once counseled, “When you open a flood gate, how do you undo it? You unleash something with a spell, there’s no undoing. It must run its course,” and guess what, baby? It’s ready to wear right off the runway.
Images via Vogue Runway
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