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Alexander Wang SS19 collection New York
Backstage at Alexander Wang SS19Photography Nick DeLieto

Alexander Wang’s first off-schedule show gave major Kung Fu Axl Rose vibes

As well as drawing inspo from the designer's Taiwanese-American heritage

“Today marks a new beginning, a new identity, and a new day for my brand,” read the show notes left on the seats at Alexander Wang’s show in New York last night, his first following the announcement he would be going off-schedule and showing in June and December earlier this year. For SS19, the designer was looking at identity, drawing inspiration from his heritage as the son of immigrants and his parents’ experience of moving to America...and seemingly, more than a little came from Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose, too.

The common denominator linking the collection was the bandana tied around each of the models’ heads, as the likes of Wang favourites Bella Hadid and Kaia Gerber took to the runway in a series of looks that merged Eastern and Western tropes: with mandarin-collared leather shirts and Kung Fu-style jackets at one end of the spectrum, and oversized biker jackets, bleached-to-within-an-inch-of-its-life denim, and sporty tube socks at the other.

Elsewhere, Wang staples included trackpants with ‘Chinatown’ embroidered down the leg, mesh tops with Alexander Wang emblazoned across the chest, leather mini skirts, and more 90s-style shades – this time in the form of wrap-around frames that wouldn’t look out of place on the ski slopes/your dad circa 1997. While Collection 1 might signal a new dawn for the brand, old habits don’t die hard.