Yesterday, Thursday, October 16, was an all-day Alexander Wang and H&M affair, starting with a morning press conference hosted by Vogue magazine's Sally Singer, where reporters from all around the world previewed the collaborative collection firsthand. But of course, Alexander Wang didn't leave things there. He invited a crowd of over 500 fashion journalists and other industry insiders to the Armory at Hudson in Manhattan's West Harlem for a theatrical runway show followed by an exclusive pop-up shop.
Among the dozens of H&M's designer collaborations, Alexander Wang is the first American designer to join the roster, and the first to focus on athletic performance-wear. Fittingly, his runway venue was a track and field racetrack, which was turned into a parkour performance stage. Acrobatic dancers zip-lined down from the ceiling, Mission Impossible-style, and bounced from wall to wall using gravity-defying trampolines, while runway models - who included the likes of Joan Smalls, Karlie Kloss and Tyson Beckford - stomped around the racetrack against music by Missy Elliott, who ended the night with a surprise performance.
Shown here is a closer look at the outfits shown on the runway, which were accessorized with items that won't be available for sale. Black hockey masks, Alexander Wang-branded footballs, police vests and more showed up alongside all the goods we can expect in stores next month. Watch below for the recap of the event and stay tuned for the dramatic Alexander Wang x H&M campaign video, coming soon.