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Around 9 p.m. Saturday, the last stragglers from Manhattan were making their way into a vast warehouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, having arrived by water taxi, by private car or by foot, some of them looking worse for the wear, probably wondering if it was worth the hike. It was an unusual sight, if only because it was happening in Brooklyn, at Alexander Wang’s runway show (pictured), in a setting the designer said he chose because it reflected the mood of his collection.
The first few days of Fashion Week for fall 2014 have included some exceptional collections from New York’s hot star designers, Wang included, but most of them were shown, as usual, in Manhattan. If Wang’s collection was any indication, then Brooklyn reflects the future, since the clothes he showed had a great sense of space-age cleanliness, including short gray jackets of a kicky mod proportion, with monochromatic utility pockets placed all over them. (The handbags matched, with neat attachments for keys, compacts, wallets, water bottles and other assorted, unimaginable gadgets.) The fabric treatments were particularly innovative as well, on tunics and skirts with molded shapes, sweatshirts that looked as if they were made of plastic blocks, or a shearling jacket that was tattered and torn at the edges.
At the end of the show, several models stood on a part of the circular runway that rotated as other models walked around them, spinning faster and faster, like a metaphor for the collections.