NEW YORK -- Alexander Wang, New York Fashion Week's reigning rock star, showed his spring-summer 2013 collection Saturday afternoon. And there was more than one unforgettable runway moment.
The inspiration: Urban uniforms turned animalistic.
The look: Fierce but controlled. Leather is already everywhere for fall, but Wang gave it a new lease on life for spring. It was all about boxy silhouettes with surgical slashes revealing the body and bringing to mind animal markings. (In a twist on the now-ubiquitous color-blocking, Wang called the technique "leather-blocking.") Leather jackets, T-shirts and shift dresses had cut-outs sutured together with barely visible fish line. There were also crisp patch pocket shirts over white Bermuda shorts, zip-front jackets and dresses, rubberized twill utility parkas, sculpted metallic cable neck halters, spongy knits and knee-high sandal-boots, which are starting to look like a big trend. Then, for a spectacular finale, there was a black light effect that literally made models glow in the dark.