NYFW 2011: Alexander Wang and Prabal Gurung

New York Fashion Week, officially named as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, has arrived. In fact, it has been causing a fashion whirlwind since September 8 and will continue until September 15. And since not all of us can be in New York, I’ll try gathering bits and pieces of it and will share them here for the next few days.

First runway look is from two of the most highly anticipated designers these days: Alexander Wang and Prabal Gurung.

Alexander Wang, Spring 2012 Ready-to Wear

Alexander Wang has always been more of a designer for tough chicks, instead of girly girls. This season, he got even more down and dirty with a collection for ladies who aren’t afraid to roughin’ it.

Alex Wang brought the motocross/BMX theme in his Spring 2012 collection, presented during New York Fashion Week. If featured lots of mesh, parachute fabrics, zippers, pockets, and racing theme prints such as chevrons and road sign shapes.  Not forgetting, of course, his signature intarsia knits.

Accessories included huge cross-body bags, hole-strewn headscarves, and even BMX helmets (in floral prints!). Oh, and the models’ greasy hair as well.

But Wang also balanced the macho-fest with touches of femininity, such as floral prints, pointy stilettos that was juxtaposed with the sporty apparels, and cargo day dresses.

The collection may not be for everyone, but you have to appreciate the master of sporty chic who never compromises his vision and yet again showcased an original collection.  His model-off duty cult followers will still love it, anyway.


Prabal Gurung, Spring 2012 Ready-to Wear

Prabal Gurung is no minimalist, particularly in his Spring 2012 collection. In fact, he was being ambitious, complicated, innovative, and sexual in his collection.

For Spring 2012, Gurung came up with dresses with harness details to give that bondage accents. The leather harnesses—crafted by Zana Bayne—were incorporated into complicated gowns made of netting with dainty silhouettes. Talk about contrasting! “I wanted to take the old fetish, like nylon and PVC and everything, and treat it in a more precious way,” Gurung explained.

The collection was also enlivened by dresses made of festive tulles, lace, feathers, sprinkled sequins, as well as prints, prints, prints. Gurung was heavily inspired by the  intricate prints sourced from photographs titled ‘Sensual Flowers’ by Japanese fetish photographer, Nobuyoshi Araki. And so in shades of purple, white, and black, these floral, Rorschach-test-like prints were incorporated into everything, and the result was simply stunning.

Also check out the models’ lipstick—were they sucking leaking pens before going onstage? Nope, they were just donning the ombre lips look: matte red-fuschia tone on the outside, fading to purple on the inner lips.

Prabal Gurung’s effort for his Spring 2012 at the NYFW was surely appreciated: American Vogue’s Grace Coddington and Emanuel Ungaro’s chief Jeffry Aronsson were among who joined the finale applause, and ELLE’s Robbie Myers said that Gurung’s show set the bar for the week.