Alexander Wang Tries Gravity-Defying Cut-Outs and Invisible Stitching for Spring

For Spring '13, wunderkind Alex Wang experimented with cut-outs and volume.

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Last season, Alexander Wang explored his own take on minimalism with sleek, lacquered outerwear and trim leather separates. But for Spring '13, hewas experimenting with cut-outs and volume, like this floaty A-line leather dress which appears to literally come apart at the seams.
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In spite of all the deconstruction, there was still a sense of precision and rigid form, as in this slouchy knit hoodie with sheer black inserts at the shoulder and a skirt with shredded, zig-zaggy cut-outs.
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The effect was most mesmerizing in Wang's evening creations, which appeared to float on the body thanks to the barely visible seams on the long, sheer cut-outs.
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Even the most complex of garments still felt wearable and cool, particularly this warped black knit halter top and croc-stamped leather pencil skirt.
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Crocodile motifs in general have become a signature of Wang's, and he reinvented the pattern for spring with subtle ombre dip-dyeing that created a zebra-stripe overlay.
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Careful see-through stitching on heavier leather pieces like this tan leather coat added a futuristic twist.
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The shoes—almost all of which were some kind of strappy, knee-high gladiator sandal—are sure to be a hit next season as Wang's accessories business continues to grow.
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Wang's zebra-effect cut-outs were most effective in this knockout crop top and black skirt ensemble, which we could easily imagine on the likes of edgy editors like Kate Lanphear.
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Even the most technical of Wang's looks—like this zip-front shirtdress and cut-out long sleeve shirt—still felt practical and functional.
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A handful of pieces seemed to defy gravity. This sleek white cocktail dress is held together by hundreds of clear plastic threads, creating a funky, futuristic effect.
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