Alexander Wang Spring 2012 Review

Alexander Wang Spring 2012

Photos: Imaxtree

Looks from the Alexander Wang Spring 2012 runway

Show: Alexander Wang

Theme: Motocross

Accessories: Tough, pointy pumps, sporty bandannas, and oversize weekender bags, all by Wang

Hair: Guido Palau for Redken and Sultra

Makeup: Diane Kendel for MAC

Overall Takeaway: Ladies who lunch need not apply: Wang’s latest collection drove home the idea that he designs for girls who aren’t afraid to get dirty.

Alexander Wang has never been a designer for girly girls. While his contemporaries Jason Wu and Prabal Gurung cut one heck of a cocktail dress, Wang made his name making model-off-duty staples like the slouchiest of tees and badass ankle boots. This season, he got even more down and dirty with a motocross theme that seemed meant to get muddy.

He opened with mesh, and lots of it, kicking off his collection on a sporty foot. Details were all about utility—sure, you’d expect to see plenty of pockets on a parka, but even a strapless dress came with plenty of cargo pockets. There’s no room for a purse on a motorcycle, after all. (Wang even outfitted a few of his models with BMX helmets in coordinating prints; we expect that, if produced, they’ll sell like hotcakes. Everyone loves a limited edition, no?)

There were intarsia knits and “performance tops” complete with chevron detailing—all that was missing was the sponsors’ logos. Sexy territory was breached (barely) with a long-sleeved laser-cut mini dress with a flared skirt. It’s not for everybody (it’s not meant to be), but those models off duty will carry on eating it up.