isn't a term that really applies to a label less than five years old, it was the buzzword at the T by Alexander Wang
showroom yesterday, which was bustling with retailers placing their Spring orders. This season, the designer refocused on bringing his line of basics back to, well, basics with updated workwear staples and clean, nineties-inspired silhouettes that felt in step with current trends. Stretchy ribbed knit separates including shrunken cardigans, crop tops, and pencil skirts came in bold shades like "cola" red or cerulean and featured two-way zippers that could be styled as desired, while simple camisole tanks, apron crop tops, and mini vest-dresses were cut from buttery lambskin. On the utilitarian side of the equation, carpenter jumpsuits and oversize surplus jackets similar to those shown in the latest T menswear lineup combined leather with leather-effect, coated denim—in efforts to bring down the price tag, perhaps. As usual, there was a fetishistic emphasis on high-tech, custom fabrications like a shiny double knit used on boxy T-shirts and sporty track pants, as well as a lightweight tape yarn featured on mesh sweaters. These weren't your average cotton T-shirts, to be sure. The collection had a streamlined new look that felt fresh.