3001: The Brooklyn Space Odyssey by Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang Fall 2014 show
Alexander Wang Fall 2014 show


8:35 p.m.
“I don’t like being trapped in situations like this,” the driver mutters as we very slowly make our way through the Brooklyn Navy Yard to Alexander Wang’s show. It feels like foreshadowing. The runway venue is deep in the compound, and I can’t imagine how we’re going to get out once the show ends.

8:50 p.m.
Inside, Beyoncé’s ‘Partition’ is playing – owwwww. The show venue doesn’t look hugely different from the elaborate sets Alexander Wang staged at the various Piers in Manhattan where he’s shown before. People are carrying flasks emblazoned with the Alexander Wang logo, gifts being given out at the bar. I’m sure they’ll come in handy at his after-party later tonight, but so far I see nothing particularly earth shattering to warrant the far-out show location. The only thing ground-breaking about the night so far, is the fact that this is all happening in Brooklyn in the first place.

9:10 p.m.
Karlie Kloss, Joan Small, Jourdan Dunn and co. are rotating on a giant, moving disk in the middle of the runway, wearing bold paisley shearling jackets and Bermuda shorts in what appears to be a leather-like textile that changes colours as they move. In print that sounds gimmicky, but on the runway it looks technically impressive and cool. The entire collection, with all of its techy, inventive interpretations of work wear (a charcoal gray knee-length trouser suit with a neon green parka, a string of shearling jackets done in a waffle-like texture, a series of graphic dresses with giant woven zigzags most paired with knee-high mule boots), feels like a peek at the future of fashion. I see this and think of Christopher Kane’s squidgy gel embellished dresses from fall ’11 or, as a colleague points out, any number of Nicholas Ghesquiere’s Space Agey moments. And it feels like a transformative moment for Alexander; this isn’t a designer who people can just dismiss as the guy who does the model-off-duty jeans and tees. And the shoes — thigh-high rubber waders with white soles and mule boots that stretch up to the knees — are early contenders for next season’s street style trophy accessory.

9:51 p.m.
It turns out that driver’s comment was foreshadowing. We’re all trapped in traffic, desperately trying to leave the Navy Yard and live Tweeting our experiences. Steven Kolb sums it up best: “Last one to leave #Brooklyn please turn off the lights.”

The mood
3001: A Brooklyn Space Odyssey

The major trends
Plays on texture, bold colours, deconstructed work wear

The scene
Every major editor, stylist, blogger, insider-type as per usual.

The playlist
Bass-heavy instrumentals and a remix of ‘Get Like Me,’ by Nelly and Pharrell

What this will mean for your wardrobe
A new direction for work wear, which could look sportier and more urban.


Woman dies when run over by bus at…

A woman at the Burning Man arts and culture festival in the Nevada desert died on Thursday when she was run over by a bus carrying participants.


Texas parents sue day care center for duct…

By Marice RichterDALLAS (Reuters) - A Texas couple has filed a lawsuit against the owners of a Fort Worth-area day care center seeking $1 million…


Santa Fe city council votes to decriminalize marijuana

By Joseph KolbALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - Santa Fe on Wednesday became the latest U.S. city to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, with lawmakers in the…


Egypt queries Mursi over documents "leaked" to Al…

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt is investigating jailed ex-president Mohamed Mursi in connection with documents that judicial investigators say were leaked to the Qatar-based Al Jazeera…


Interview: 'As Above, So Below' directors: 5 ways…

The fraternal directors of the found footage horror "As Above, So Below" dish on the best ways to frighten the bejesus out of audiences.


Criterion's new Jacques Demy box mixes the light…

Jacques Demy, the most effervescent of French New Wave filmmakers, gets a Criterion box all to himself, with classics like "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg."


Comedian Joan Rivers, 81, rushed to New York…

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Acerbic comedian and fashion critic Joan Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York on Thursday after she reportedly…

The Word

The Word: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie finally…

Well, everybody, it finally happened. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie went and got themselves hitched — according to noted scandal sheet the Associated Press —…


NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots, 49ers start…

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots start at top

U.S. Soccer

5 facts about new England captain Wayne Rooney

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was named as the new England captain by coach Roy Hodgson on Thursday.


Jets vs. Eagles: 3 things to watch

A win on Thursday night at the Eagles would give the Jets a 3-1 record and just their second winning preseason under head coach Rex Ryan.


Giants vs. Patriots: 3 things to watch

The Giants wrap up their extended preseason campaign Thursday night by playing host to the Patriots.


Trend: White hot on the 2014 Emmy's red…

White was one of the big trends on the Emmy's red carpet.


Recipe: Samuel Adams beer-marinated grilled shrimp

Summer calls for two things: a cold beer and light food. Sam Adams' Latitude 48 IPA fairly bursts with citrus notes, making it an ideal marinade…


4 healthy ingredient swaps to make your meals…

When it comes to eating well, everyone knows they could be doing better. But cooking in an apartment on a busy schedule is a recipe…


Heart trumps brain when it comes to movies…

When you need a good cry, do you reach for the movie that’s “based on a true story”? Science says you’re giving your brain far…