Alexander Wang’s new collection proves he’s still the king of downtown cool

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This weekend, Alexander Wang proved once again why he’s the king of downtown fashion. The 30-year-old designer debuted his Spring/Summer 2015 collection at  New York Fashion Week, and while it’s no secret that sportswear and sneakers have trended the past few seasons, Wang took it to a whole other level. 

Unlike Chanel and Dior, both of which have sent sneaker-clad models down the runway, Wang incorporated sneaker designs into his dresses and tops, introducing a sporty motif to traditionally feminine ensembles.

For footwear, Wang stuck to heels (which most designers didn’t this season), and each was reminiscent of a Nike Benassi Solarsoft women’s slide or Adidas’ Slides—making them the new “it” shoe of the season. 

The sleek looks were accompanied by his signature black, white, and grey trousers and skirts, along with blue, neon yellow, fiery red, and sheer black tops.

Rihanna’s reaction after seeing the show was probably the way many fans felt: “I wanna steal everything right now from the back!” 

Make-up artist Diane Kendal bleached the model’s eyebrows and relied on minimal cosmetics. And hair stylist Guido Palau told Style.com that Wang wanted the model’s hair to be “arrow-dynamic,” as if they were running. 

The fashion world fell in love with Wang, a San Francisco native, back in the 2007, and he has had a loyal following ever since. Five years after his fashion debut, he became the first American designer in more than ten years to become creative director of a French brand: Balenciaga.

Although it’s not unusual for designers to helm two brands at once, Wang will up the ante by debuting his third collection for H&M this November. Only time will tell how this fast fashion line will do, but so far, his reign as creative director of Balenciaga has been more than a success. Judging by his latest Spring/Summer show, Wang won’t lose his “King” title anytime soon. 

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