“We started thinking a lot about extreme conditions and the great outdoors—like, mountain climbing and camping,” Alexander Wang explained before his Fall 2014 show, namechecking National Geographic as well. “It was really about taking that idea of survival to an urban landscape." And what does an urban warrior wear? The coolest thing in the collection had to be the heat-activated leather that changed colors, morphing from black to blue and yellow or purple - and then slowly fading.
When you're in it to win it, fashion is an extreme sport. Which means Wang's extremely cool utility bags with detachable compartments are a must-have for schlepping survival-necessities like a smartphone, a lighter, a notebook (Moleskin, of course) and a flask. All playful and fun, which was kind of missing from Wang's work of late. A review of his Fall '14 collection for Balenciaga noted that the seriousness of his responsibilities for the maison seemed to have sapped some of his spontaneity, but he obviously regained his balance and has resumed having fun. Which means we reap the rewards!
To see how this relates to the Apocalytical fashion tribe, be sure to check out the podcast I recorded:
a comparison of three Balenciaga designers - Alexander Wang, Nicolas Ghesquiere & Cristobal Balenciaga
Music: Kevin MacLeod, Incompetech.com