Camille Over the Rainbow

The néo-nemo Survivor – Alexander Wang FW13Tuesday, February 12 2013

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(Ph/ and Madame Figaro)

Saturday 9th February 2013. Five o’ clock has come and gone. Suddenly, the lights go down at the Cunard Building, and as the Nemo-babble dies down, the dramatic beats of Rocky III’s Eye of the Tiger fill the majestic room. Anticipation kicks in, as this will be Alexander Wang‘s first show since being appointed creative director at Balenciaga – and though we still have to wait a couple of weeks to find out where thatmarriageof commercial-cool and couture-volume is headed, surely this will giveskepticalsand believers a foretaste ofthingscome..

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(Ph/Alexander Wang AW13

And as the first girl stomped out into the light, the soundtrack immediately came into its own. Giant furry boxing mittens, woolen cagoules reminiscent of protective headgear, belted, round-shouldered coats recalling the robes worn by those enteringthe ring, slick-back hair as if wet fromsweat : the references to the noble art of boxing were extensive and impossible to miss. Then, there were the fashion statements that had little to do with the sport of choice, but nonetheless tied in nicely with the overall 50 shades of grayscale (with a side order of rich rusty leather) aesthetic. Sock mules, for one. Blurry camo for another. The cuts of the textured mohair outerwear were simply terrific. And the soft fabrics, including alpaga and astrakan, worked really well as a whole to soften the heaviness of the rigid silhouettes, and thebluntnessof the leather. One thing certain, the Wang girl will not throw in thetowelwhen next year’s snow storm comesknocking.

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(Ph/Alexander Wang AW13

Some of us may complain at having seen a few too many Balenciaga outtakes (See: Ghesquière’spre-fallboxing gloves from way back when). But credit should be given where it’s due, and the collectionmakes an eloquent case for the newly appointed New-Yorker’scouture abilities. Perhaps there is more to that song than meets the eye. “Risin’ up, back on the street / Just a man and his will to survive”. Wang, it seems, won’t go down without a fight.

  • because he always knows how to do it damn well…looking forward for his first collection at baleciaga !

  • Me encantan esas faldas de polipiel , de cuero … me rechiflan .
    Un besazo

  • I am in love with this collection and really everything this man does. He is a true visionaire and avant-garde artist. I only remember being that impressed when I was very young and saw a McQueen collection for the first time. Truly mindblowing.

    After this collection, I am quite sure he is just the right man for Balenciaga. x

  • The Wang'minator display ! J'adhère, j'adopte !

    x Selma

  • Awesome! totally love it! xo, Alma

  • Wath a beautiful collection

  • I feel off my chair when I saw this collection. Makes me wish it was already October '13 x

  • i love the materials, but i find it hard to imagine how these coats and skirts will look on the streets

    curious about the balenciaga collection
    new outfit post

  • Anonymous

    How come you are not at NYFW like other UK Bloggers Style Bubble and The Glam and Glitter?

    • Because you asked this anonymously, I can't figure out to myself whether you are trying to be rude or not? Anyway, answer is: a/ because I have a full time job, and can't take the time off; b/ because I can't afford it and c/ because even if I could go, I probably wouldn't be invited to that many shows as I'm still a very small blogger, and wouldn't want to go with the sole purpose of lurking around the streets hoping to be style snapped.

    • Getting bigger though! I love your site – how you mix high end with more inexpensive pieces 🙂 I found you through the Man Repeller's site. Hope to see you at future NYFWs!

    • Thanks for the vote of confidence 🙂 means a lot – and yes, see you in NY come September (I have been saving myself for the sunny season haha). Cx

    • Anonymous

      Sorry Camille, didnt mean to be rude. I just love your blog, and fashion guitar too, thats why I wondered why two of you arent there, as you deserve it. Im sure you will be there next year with the other girls. All the best xx

    • Don't worry – it's just normally when people comment anonymously without signing its because they are here to criticize / insult. I'm glad it was not the case.. 🙂


  • Love all the slate grey & silver. Fabulous. Can't wait for these to all hit shelves!

  • Anonymous

    Not trying to be rude either 🙂 But I was just wondering if that date (Saturday the 17th) is correct?

    Love love love your blog btw!

    • hum, unless I have traveled in time – I doubt it!! Thanks 😉

  • Wang is always amazing! love his patterns and his color´s palettes!

  • Eva

    Such an amazing show. Alexander Wang keeps surprising me with his creations! xx


  • love this collection!
    I would feel so fluffy in these outfits!

    x marly

  • Awesome review, Wang makes clothes that I wanna wear all the time and each year, I become more and more obsessed-this year is no different! Great review, really enjoyed reading xx

  • Nice write-up! Love it all, but those shoes… my mind is not made up about those yet.

    X Marjolein – Never Too

  • Amazing pics!

    Check out my new outfit post on


  • I love the sheen on these materials *dies*

  • J'aime le titre!