Embracing the Grey Area

photo by Style Tao
If recent pre-fall reports and photos serve as an indication of anything, it’s that trends are seemingly reverting to more tamed versions of themselves. That is to mean a departure from the decadent and frivolous nature of the last chunk of collections to a more functional and wearable place of cool. Phillip Lim’s silent salute to Lichtenstein, Lanvin’s apprehension to layer and Rag & Bone’s sleek silhouettes suggest a more concrete salute to style and less to fast fashion. I’m not sure what that will mean for Man Repeller, but I don’t hate it. Which, I suppose inadvertently means everything. Functional doesn’t necessarily mean the forfeiting of one’s license to self-fulfillment and may in fact mean just the opposite. As in, forfeiting your license to, you know, bone, etc. Most recently, Alexander Wang showed mainline and T. The finished product of both collections rendered an interesting play black and white, white and black. Grey and grey.
T by Alexander Wang, Pre Fall 2012
While muted tones of red, yellow and some orange still strung through both collections, the departure from an emphasis on color to enter a place of simplicity without sacrificing the details and dimensions that make a collection luxurious is evident.
Alexander Wang, Pre Fall 2012
Leather and wool, puffer and tailored. It’s noncommittal style at best. And here’s the thing about trends becoming more muted versions of themselves: in the grand scheme of fashion and style and assessing one’s style, it probably makes more fiscal sense to indulge in fashion that will carry you far through seasons without inducing that discomfort of feeling capital-T-Trendy.
It’s also just nice to see the fusion of tailored menswear, feminine women’s wear and the signature kiss of Alexander Wang cool so seamlessly sewn in to virtually every garment. I can most certainly get behind a salutation to the original meaning of monochrome, that shit matches my insides anyway. 
And on an unrelated note: are some of you still having trouble with the comment box?

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Thoughts?
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11286149288842617111 Lia

    i love his stuff!!!

    xx
    Glass of Fashion

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00896638834590707229 Miss Molly
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11059775998363519154 Caitlin

    fashion for style's sake rather than fashion for the sake of the moment. cool.

    Caitlin
    http://www.my-grandmothers-gucci.blogspot.com

  • http://www.modelovers.de modelovers

    amazing!!! I love the grey!

    tanja

    http://www.modelovers.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17699876968078262104 Alicia

    Love grey & Alexander Wang very much!!

    Mundo de Alicia ❤

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09739251167444138491 Fashion Agony

    Awesome post, love Wang!

    xoxo
    Fashion Agony blog

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14654691178100203023 Roxanna

    Alex Wang never fails to impress. Love love it all.

    xx Roxanna

    http://www.dissectmystyle.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07585882466695145340 Young at Heart

    gorgeous…must look away have had a bit of sales feeding frenzeey in Marilyn Moore!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10036195286626825176 MONI

    im loving whatevers happening here…
    xx

    http://www.moneasywardrobe.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14194815440194123998 CupcakesOMG!

    i'll be honest–i don't hate the idea of functionality as "trend." it feels like a lot of people are just trying to hard these days. it'd be nice to see the simplicity brought back to fashion..

    CupcakesOMG!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08813269203887879585 Trips & Treasures

    I'd say that is a positive development, although the runway can still be a bit of a fantasy.

    Nice collection !

    http://www.tripsandtreasures.blogspot.com
    spring trends

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00249594611456435173 Daniela

    I'd love to wear the first outfit with the simple and sleek white shirt and the leather pants, so modern and classic.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07046016333291848619 TheChambrayCountess

    It is a good thing to return to a noncommittal, nonchalant style in monochrome after a season or two of bold, hyper-constructed ensembles. It almost serves as an enjoyable palette cleanser and readies you to launch into the next phase of whatever you choose… I don't know if that even makes sense…I mean that I'm on board! Giddy Up!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10456902592654842689 Alison

    yummm, love alexander wang! that last outfit on the right with the textured sweater is gorgeous.

    <3 Alison
    alisonscampusfashion.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00273517365832446003 Melissa

    ugh I love Alexander Wang

    Enter My Giveaway!

  • http://blog.lilacfashion.com Lilac

    Amazing garments!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05329196451830464702 Dominika

    i LOVE those shoes from the first picture!
    <3

    Fashion Philosophy
    http://www.fashionphilosophy.net

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05698140547900050120 PurplesPrettier

    No one does a tailored vest like Mr. A Wang. Love it.

  • http://indecisemarise.wordpress.com maryse

    jolies silhouettes !

  • http://murmureparis.wordpress.com/ murmureparis

    Comment box is fine !

    Grey is my new obsession as well. I love to mix it with a nice burgundy piece of clothing… Ahhhhh Obsession when you get us!!

    Xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03335662237597746321 Bong C.

    Love the post. I fell in love with his collection when I came upon it one day while browsing on tumblr.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18046796321191723461 Rejina Tyson

    Great insight! I think the direction the designers are going can still be fun and allow for a lot of creativity. I can't wait to see how this plays out even with my personal wardrobe. Those shoes in the first picture are amazing! Are those Giuseppe Zanotti's?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15848228991056695673 Raspberry and Rouge

    Me likey! XO Rebecca

    http://raspberry-rouge.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00955696078517341834 Lindsey Bows And Arrow

    love the actual wearability of these pieces!!

    xoxo,
    Lindsey

    http://bowsandarrowblog.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blondevivant.com Blonde Vivant

    I love all the grey tones!

    <3 Blonde Vivant
    http://Www.blondevivant.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11234651169891146059 bubbles and windmills

    we like the first look with white shirt, your blog is awesome!! If you like visit our blog, we have blog since recently!!

    bubblesandwindmills.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02122754734548742560 Rizzi

    I am in love with this pre-fall collection. Break me off a piece of datttt.
    xx
    CLASSY AND SASSY

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05659796932666602271 Carolina Sundell

    I'm going crazy for all the pieces in the Alexander Wang pre-fall. SO much to dream about…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14001809050902751430 Bri

    Love Alexander Wang's work. The fourth sweater is perfect.
    xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01270928274656422504 Leira Zetroc

    Waahh…I love this collection…and the shoes are just plain funky and fierce…

    http://thequietspaces.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08324414207613206512 Hannah

    Mmmm monochrome; may have bought 4 (January sales) items which are basically all of the above last week.. Gotta lotta of time for androgynous coats.

    http://www.freshlookbeautyblog.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16463938394811959878 Genie

    Looking at Alexander Wang's collection only makes me love his work even more.. pretty sure I'm in love with the second to last outfit.

    xoxo,
    Genie

    http://www.uniqueandchicstyle.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10092191420389931833 Moloko + Honey
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15235755566305774338 Audrey (hkittygirl)

    I love Alexander's Pre-Fall collection. It's feminine, masculine, tough, edgy, and pretty much everything I love!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09075902817423391999 pocket pincher

    Grey is a good look this season

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07904293199101553442 Jessie

    the top shoes are my absolute favvvvorite. so fantastic and fab. i love love love.
    xx, http://wordbyjessie.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15955907677722433249 Larry

    I never thought about the whole "trends reverting to less extreme versions of themselves" thing. But that's actually quite true! I think it's great because then the clothes we'll get so much more wear and value from our clothes past more than 1-2 seasons.

    http://divaxdandy.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07008138225903959613 Berna B.

    nice blog!love from istanbul!

    http://bernabozkurt.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10536244216664912207 Sketch42

    I think I could literally BONE that first picture from alexander wang. I'd wear that morning noon and night.

    Oh and also, I think with trends in fashion or music or art, sometimes you see or hear something and its instantly revolting to you. Not because its inherently bad, but because it shocks your eye… and then THAT thing becomes the next most insane and awesome trend ever. Like we got SO USED to seeing shoes with a platform, when you see a shoe without one, its almost INSULTING. You want me to wear that 3" old lady heel? SAY WHAT? NO WAY. Thats how you know its the next thing to happen. That and trend forecasting.

  • http://www.winetastegirl.com Wine Taste Girl

    Sweet…can I wear my black leather pants again next fall? They've been put up in my closet for at least 10 years.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16603701673468071750 LRB
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04007364825338739929 The life after

    The shoes are amazing!!

    The Life After

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09725616447004442891 Pagan Baby

    I love it combined with a brighter color!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10025455617448459400 Lina

    functional is a male prerogative and one way to repel men is to trespass their territory ;-) so hooray to MR

    http://balancingacttt.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05727126863056675120 Joana
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04887953751919921067 ardena rosa

    Too much of anything is never good… too much "over-the-topness" isn't either and a trend that is so obvious it's in your face will only be further repelled when it's no longer "in". I love the clean slate Wang is taking with his collection: functional, classic, layerable pieces that can adapt as the trends do.
    You're always an enjoyable read MR :)
    (http://lavieenardenarose.blogspot.com/)

  • http://www.healthylunchrecipes1.com Courtney

    I did not see where the info for those fabulous wedges!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16472083874334861654 Asia

    Loving this collection. I love how wearable the pieces are. As simple as these looks may seem they are still very much high fashion and Wang is very good at striking that oh so necessary balance.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03401686887977484323 Man Repeller

    @courtney they are last season Zanotti!

  • http://www.facebook.com Rachelle B

    I sort of really like it when you start getting more serious. Don't get me wrong the funny stuff is amazing and makes me want to read it but it's nice to see you you can actually deliver good fashion analysis anyway. You really do know your shit.

  • http://www.citysoles.com City Soles

    Agreed! Love the wearability of all pieces.

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  • http://www.friv2friv4.com/ Friv 2 Friv 4

    I love how wearable the pieces are!

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