Welcome to Runway Matters, where we're delivering notes straight from the runway so you can quickly digest the most important trends and noteworthy moments from the F/W 18 shows.
Alexander Wang loves a theme. In past seasons, I have enjoyed epic #WangFest after-parties with 7-Eleven, strip club, and inflatables themes. For his very last NYFW show, he gave the runway show itself a theme, and a very New York fashion industry theme at that. The invitation directed me to report to the Wang Inc. office, cubicle F. Just where was this office? None other than the old Condé Nast building. In fact, Wang was once an intern for Teen Vogue and Vogue in that building.
After settling into my “cubicle,” the harsh lighting started to flicker on and off, and a soundtrack of increasingly frantic heels clicking came on. I immediately thought of the scene in The Devil Wears Prada where Andi Dorman describes the “clackers.” The lights flash on, and models stomp down the runway dressed as futuristic fashion bosses—in an alternate world where a bodycon mini dress is HR-approved, that is. Keep reading for a rundown of the top four things to know.
Matrix Was the Move
Matrix references were strong throughout, with micro glasses and sleek patent trench coats. Coincidentally, show guest Eva Chen posted a very Matrix-like outfit to Instagram just hours before the show. Maybe she had a sneak preview of the collection, but we like to think she’s just that on top of trends.
Fuchsia is fast dethroning Millennial Pink as the rose shade du jour. It was the only color Wang showed beyond gray, white, and black.
The Triple Threat Shoe
Furry, rhinestone, plastic shoes. To some, this combination would seem in poor taste. Meanwhile, I’m placing a pre-order ASAP. Making low-brow items high-brow is a broader fashion trend that’s been going on for several seasons, and I love how that’s manifesting in these outfit-making heels.