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Alexander Wang Does Color and Shin Guard Boots for Fall 2014 (Runway Review)



The Scene: Arguably the most highly-anticipated show given its much buzzed about location, Karen Elson, Zoe Kravitz and Sam Worthington were among those in attendance (Kanye West was rumored to attend, but never did). The major models to walk included Karlie Kloss, Caroline Trentini, Joan Smalls, Candice Swanepoel, Anne V, Bridget Hall and Hanne Gaby Odiele.

The Inspiration: “Extreme conditions and survival," according to the designer.

The Look: Utilitarian military-style tops, pants and jackets (think lots of pockets), chunky textured knits, silk windbreakers, shearlings, oversized puffer jackets, oversized blazers, fitted Bermuda shorts, zippered dresses with contrasting lining and a number of colorfully geometric patterned tops (like Altuzarra, color was more important than ever for the designer this season). For the finale, models took to the runway, as the lights went dim and the sound of a heart-rate monitor was blasted, wearing heat-activated laser cut leather separates and boots with slits down their backs exposing their legs.

The Accessories: Over-the-knee boots, boots with shin guard-like fronts and others with slits down their backs. Handbags were structured this season.

The Beauty: The focus was on “pure beauty” — eyebrows were completely painted over and hair was deeply side-swept. (See our backstage beauty report here)

The Takeaway: A knockout show that stayed true to the designer’s urban aesthetic while introducing new high-tech elements — and color!

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