The outer boroughs aren’t your typical New York Fashion Week destination. Yet like a 21st-century Pied Paper, Alexander Wang drew the fashion cavalcade from its Lincoln Center outpost to the Brooklyn Navy Yard for his Fall/Winter 2014 show. That wasn’t the only trick the designer had up his sleeve. Inside the Duggal Greenhouse, Wang also trotted out all-black outfits that bloomed neon hues under strategic blasts of warm, vented air. We may never know how Wang, who is also the creative director of Balenciaga, achieved his first miracle. The second, on the other hand, is more discernible: thermochromic fabrics that change color in response to temperature.
“Extreme conditions and survival” were the inspiration behind the collection, which was chockfull of references to outdoor athleticism and urban utility. From the shift in venue to the chameleonic garments, it also appeared to be about rejecting the status quo. “Fashion is always moving forward and changing,” he told AFP by way of explanation.
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