Alexander Wang Plays With Fur And Leather, Reexamines The Mule For Fall 2013

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Looks from Alexander Wang's Fall 2013 New York Fashion Week show.
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We really could have used Alexander Wang's Fall 2013 collection today. The weather outside was, as they say, frightful, but just looking at the luxurious furs, gorgeous leather, and cozy-yet-elegant layering on Wang's t-shaped runway made us feel a little warmer. Outfitting each of his models with a rich auburn ponytail, Wang's show seemed to be all about warmth, and it's not just because of the weather in New York right now. Combining a very sophisticated, urbane silhouette, with architectural collars on coats, graceful folds in everything from skin to wool, with unexpected touches like dark aubergine or silver fur, this was not your usual collection. Perhaps trying to send a message about his upcoming Balenciaga debut, Wang presented a confident collection that immediately had both the Twitterverse and the fashion world talking. There were a number of truly unexpected pieces in the collection, the most striking being Wang's opera-length gorilla mittens. Part boxing glove part king kong's paw, the dramatic gloves also come in a shorter, very high fashion rocky, silhouette. While definitely not suited to everyday wear, the gloves create an animalistic feeling, rendering the models both ready to fight and somewhat immobilized. Wang also took an interesting take on one of fashion's most hated shoe shapes: the mule. The fashion nightmare of many an editor (Carine Roitfeld has declared that she would never wear them), the mule is one of the least popular shoes. They appear, though, to be having a comeback, making appearances both that Alexander Wang and at Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony today.

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Looks from Alexander Wang's Fall 2013 New York Fashion Week show.
Photo: Getty Images

Wang's take on the mule was by far the more challenging of the two. He created hoof like booties out of a wedge draped with a heavy knit, but rather than making a straight-forward bootie, Wang left the instep and heel exposed. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, but these were unlike any mules we've ever seen before. This collection was all about unexpected textures, though, and besides knit mules and fur as far as the eye can see, Wang also played with silks and velvets, creating rich, plush pieces with texture, movement, and structure. Pairing burnout velvet with leather and silk panels, or a rich fur in a sapphire hue, Wang keeps the wearer on their toes with pieces that are rarely what they seem. Turning the satchel trend on it's head, Wang designed a fluid carryall with three separate, envelope-like compartments that moved with the model's gait, like some kind of bizarre sea creature or the space craft out of an alien movie.

Needless to say, we'll definitely be taking this collection into account when we get dressed to go back out into the cold tomorrow morning.

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