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Alexander Wang Womenswear S/S12

A sporty look dominated Wang's vision through his use of mesh fabrics and perforated leather, motorcycle helmets and golf-inspired rucksacks

No longer a NKOTB, Wang has for several seasons mesmerised and totally controlled his audience. Press, buyers and customers alike adore his collections. That might be all true, but for his Spring Summer 12 collection, Wang upped his game even further and presented a coherent and focused show that ensured just about everyone left as a happy puppy. Wang began with a series of mesh jackets over orange, blue and purple tops, setting a quite sporty precedent. This was continued through utilitarian details such as oversized pockets and waists with drawstrings.

The other big theme was leather jackets and dresses, in maroon brown and black. Many of these were perforated, kind of a continuation of the mesh fabrics in a way. The colour theme also prevailed... multicoloured tops, loud abstract prints on just about all sorts of garments, but most notably leggings with a 21st century Inca-esque print. Two accessories stood out; a printed motorcycle helmet and a rucksack in the shape of a golf bag. Alexander Wang delivered on all fronts...

Dazed Digital: What was your main inspiration for the show?
Alexander Wang:
 The idea of living life on the edgy. I feel that's something that's in the DNA of our girls. Then I zoned in on BMX bikes, speed racing and NASCARS which influenced the collaging of the jersey and the patterns.

DD: Tell me about some of the prints...
Alexander Wang
: Towards the end we did an emblem which we took from seeding charts at race car tracks, we took that motif and lasered it into leather and burnt it in to jersey.

DD: So it's a kinda sporty collection...
Alexander Wang:
Sporty but very controlled, a lot of silhouettes in there!

DD: Any fave pieces?
Alexander Wang:
The last few pieces, the swimsuits with the shear jerseys over them!