Editor's Note: As the fall fashion season approaches, we look at some of the hot looks that will soon be in stores as shown on the runways of New York Fashion Week.
Known as a designer with a lot of street smarts, Alexander Wang has really gone to the dark side for fall. His collection is nearly entirely black, with a few red plaid accented coats and a couple of white studded sweaters with faded denim jeans that really stand out.
But the designer, who recently announced his departure from Balenciaga to concentrate exclusively on his namesake line, proves black doesn't have to boring.
By the end, it seems clear that black can be the most interesting shade of all.
Wang certainly was a master showman during New York Fashion Week, when he presented the collection in a pitch black tunnel as stone-faced faces models with stringy hair stomped down the length of the runway in studded platform combat boots like extras in The Walking Dead.
But Wang really doesn't need such theatrics because his looks are anything but dull. Dresses, textured tuxedo jackets and long quilted coats are lined in studded ball bearings that sometimes wrap around the neck like a choker or make a bib outline around the bodice. Oversized sweaters are also outlined in studded V-neck patterns or in vertical metal lines.
As the collection progresses, the studs morph into see-through chain metal dresses, skirts with silver fringe along the hemline (worn with fitted velvet crop tops) and crinkly black and metallic gold puffy bomber jackets. By the end, it seems clear that black can be the most interesting shade of all.