Alexander Wang Fall 2011: Black Ponchos, Furry Shoes, and Strong Silhouettes

If spring for the wunderkind designer was all about white, this season's offerings focused heavily on black separates and big jackets -- all shown at Pier 94 with Kanye West in the front row.

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If spring for the wunderkind designer was all about white, this season's offerings focused heavily on black separates and big jackets -- all shown at Pier 94 with Kanye West in the front row.
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Wang's collections have always been wearable and a bit more retail-friendly, and this season was no exception: The oversize poncho coats, some trimmed with leather or fur, seemed to step straight off the city's streets.
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One of the biggest thrills of the show was seeing Karolina Kurkova appear on the runway transformed into a signature Wang girl: hair pulled back into a simple ponytail, wearing a tank with sheer panels and slouchy blank pants.
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If there has been a look to emerge from the shows thus far this season, it's this one: An intimidating large overcoat, trimmed with fur, styled over skinny, shimmering pants.
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Elsewhere in the collection, Wang showed a similar look comprised of a jacket with puffy, fox-fur sleeves and a glittering jean.
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The collection overall seemed to re-focus the designer's attention on his core appeal: a downtown, "model off duty" sensibility where oversize leather jackets are thrown on over tanks and skinny pants slung low on hips.
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Some of the most exciting pieces in the collection were the "streamer" skirts and dresses, featuring shredded-looking satin bias skirts styled with cozy sweaters.
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Here, a split-seam fuzzy sweater tempers the dressed-up feeling of a long satin dress, giving the whole look a thrown-on appeal.
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There was a lot of humor in the accessories. Wang topped everything from sunglasses to shoes with pops of fur, and some of the heels in the collection actually sported mudflaps in the back. Cheeky, to be sure, but they certainly broke from the commercial appeal of the rest of the collection.
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