Fashion genius Alexander Wang was the new kid on the block, with a celebrity stylist (the gorgeous Erin Wasson) and a lot of positive press coupled with several awards. He showed promise, reinvented hipster cool, established a certain downtown style, chic and edgy, succeeded in making grungy look appealing again and delivered a refreshing well-designed pieces. Yes his new more sporty collection for spring 2009 has disappointed me a little bit. I can hear all the trendy kids out there discrediting me for criticizing the wunderkind who cites Miami Vice as the inspiration behind this collection. The sweatpants, denim and oversized everything were ridiculously grotesque and unwearable. The Miami deco colours which created a discontinuation from the usual black pieces should have been left in ... Miami and the cropped t-shirts with short shorts? A leather sweatshirt?
There were a few interesting and beautifully designed pieces but on the whole I was fiercely disappointed by the king of the tough aesthetic.
Here are the five looks I liked out of ... forty!
I had decided to only talk about the spring 2009 collections I love with but this was such a big disappointment that I had to mention it - even if it means losing readers along the way.
All photos: Style.com