An Alexander Wang show is usually an epic affair. Notorious for his celebrity-packed guest lists, massive venues and explosive after-parties, the designer decided to par things back just a tiny bit this season... and by that we mean no performances, no 7-Eleven trucks loaded with free stash and no seating. "No After Parties" was the theme of the night, but while Wang did opt out of a post-show shindig, the event still played out like one, sort of.
Here's everything you need to know about Alexander Wang's FW17 show.
It Was Held in an Abandoned Theater
Located far uptown on the corner of Broadway and 146th Street, Wang set up shop in Hamilton Heights' crumbling, graffiti-covered RKO Hamilton Theater, turning it into a Berghain-meets-catwalk space basked in deep red light. Upon entering, invitees walked through a room laden with black tarps and beer kegs and were handed glasses of Peroni before making their way to the "standing only" stage area (I suppose there was free booze after all, but it definitely didn't hold up to last season's cocktail court).
Celebrities Came out in Full Force
As usual, the Wang Gang came out in full force. An influx of Ubers and taxi cars hoarding dozens of celebrities crowded the streets, igniting a furor of curiosity among the locals and passersby. Kylie Jenner, A$AP Ferg, Keith Ape and Teyana Taylor were just a small cut of the glitterati guest list, but check out our street style to see who else showed up.
The Clothes Tapped Mall Goth Couture
While SS17 was all about color and sportiness, this season, Wang reverted to his trademark all-black party girl garb (ironic given the "No After Party" theme). Lead by a mesmerizing cast of towering, rail-thin models, which included star catwalk regulars Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner, the looks featured a series of svelte tailored dresses, militaristic suits, skintight leather trousers, sequined mesh skirts and graphic tees that I'm pretty sure I've see on the shelves of Hot Topic sometime during my adolescence.
The soundtrack – a pulsating wave of throbbing techno and industrial ballroom – was absolutely banging, and steered the momentum throughout the entire show, right until the finale where the models marched offstage and through an "Exit" door which lead them outside.
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