Where do I begin? Alexander Wang’s fall 2016 ready-to-wear line was amazing from the first to the last model that walked down the runway. It started out with a variety of black and white looks and morphed into looks with pops of light pink and teal. It was a visually stimulating line that offered bold choices and seamless transitions.
A common thread throughout the show was sheer black tights. The tights had printed words on the upper thighs, where a traditional garter would sit. Some of the featured words were: “girls,” “strict,” “tender” and “county.” I love Wang’s ironic take on fashion in this collection. He plays on the unexpected, yet sometimes glaringly obvious, pairings. The overall vibe was preppy (think Clueless inspired skirt suits) with an edgy—borderline gothic—tone. Most of the looks included mini skirts and mini dresses. Texture was a crucial part to every look that went down the runway. There were different variations of tweed, shag, leather, fur and chiffon, but the line remained cohesive.
Much like Wang, I love mixing unexpected textures and patterns. For this look, I focused more on textures. I specifically took inspiration from the tights and tweed, and turned it into a more conservative, winter-appropriate option. I paired a black-glitter tweed skirt and sheer polka-dot tights with a pink and white striped button down under a gray cowl neck sweater. I made the look my own by haphazardly tucking the sweater and opting for printed tights over the solid version featured on the runway.
One of my favorite styling tricks is putting together an outfit that at first glance looks simple and classic, but upon closer look, shows notes of different textures and shines. While Wang went to the extreme and played up the rebellious notes, I chose to take my look in a different direction by playing up the preppy tones. This preppy version of Wang is now an appropriate day-to-day look.