Alexander Wang took sport to its sleekest edge with his Spring 2012 collection, which was shown in a raw industrial space — Pier 94 in Manhattan — with stadium-style seating that surrounded four large mirrors. Models walked amongst the mirrors with slick, wet hair wearing performance-inspired pieces: "technical" polos, cargo pants, utility vests, track suits, hoodie jackets, cycling tanks, mesh jerseys, motorcross sweatshirts. Of course, this isn't Nike, it's Alexander Wang, so pieces were done in graphic botanical prints that softened Wang's signature edginess, or layered over sexy swimsuits with seriously sexy accessories, like the white Joan ankle strap mule. It's said that ladylike dressing — thanks to women like Kate Middleton — will dominate fashion's collective consciousness in the years to come. Tell that to Alexander Wang, who brought the season's sporty trend downtown to his turf and injected it with a sleek coolness that not even the most polished of women will be able to resist.
- Trends: Sporty, pixelated florals, utility separates, mesh, sheer layers.
- Colors: Tangerine, acai, robin's egg, intarsia knits, and botanical ombré.
- Key Piece: A cropped hoodie jacket, leather minidress, any of the botanical ombré pieces.
- Accessories: Large leather weekenders that looked like golf bags, leather bandannas, the white ankle strap shoes.
- Who Would Wear It: His downtown muse Erin Wasson, and girls with a similar edge, like Julia Restoin-Roitfeld.