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Alexander Wang Spring 2012 Runway Review

It’s always about streetwear meets the comfort of flatteringly casual, athletic-inspired looks at Alexander Wang. This season's collection, inspired by motocross and BMX, was no different. Beginning with a slew of laser-cut mesh looks (including mesh pockets, which cleverly, the models were asked to put their hands in), the designer began working in color, something one doesn’t typically associate with Wang. The most successful non-neutral looks were done in a blue floral pattern for a series of sporty-chic outfits including a peplum finished cocktail dress and separates with oversized pockets.

Later, more prints, namely of the tribal variety, along with the black and white solids Wang has perfected made it out in iterations ranging from cargo dresses and plastic coats, to body-con dresses with oversized pockets and laser-cut leather. It’s hard to make looks this sporty look sexy, but Wang managed to do so thanks to body grazing pieces that included patterned leggings and tight-as-can-be long-sleeved tops with an almost wet-suit quality to them. Plus, who wouldn’t look like the poster child for balancing sex appeal with grid when holding an outfit-coordinating floral biker helmet?

The collection, once again, included killer accessories, notably pointy cut-out fish skin pumps. As for the bags, they weren’t my cup of tea, but they were certainly original – inspired by golf club bags they were mostly oversized and worn cross-body.