Sunday 26 March 2017

What She Wears: American sportswear

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 12: (UK OUT) A model walks the runway during the Alexander Wang Spring Summer 2010 Ready To Wear show, part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Pier 94 on September 12, 2009 in New York, New York. (Photo by Karl Prouse/Catwalking/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 12: (UK OUT) A model walks the runway during the Alexander Wang Spring Summer 2010 Ready To Wear show, part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Pier 94 on September 12, 2009 in New York, New York. (Photo by Karl Prouse/Catwalking/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 12: (UK OUT) A model walks the runway during the Alexander Wang Spring Summer 2010 Ready To Wear show, part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Pier 94 on September 12, 2009 in New York, New York. (Photo by Karl Prouse/Catwalking/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 12: (UK OUT) A model walks the runway during the Alexander Wang Spring Summer 2010 Ready To Wear show, part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Pier 94 on September 12, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Karl Prouse/Catwalking/Getty Images)

Jennifer Ennis

New York designer Alexander Wang has been on the fashion radar for a while but it was his Spring/Summer 2010 collection that really made editors sit up and take note. Wang’s celebration of American sportswear and soft leather created a playful yet strong woman.

If you’re looking to re-create the looks without the designer prices, don’t panic as Wang has contributed to many trends you can see all over the high street right now.

The Wang boot got everybody talking! Open toe and ankle length in black leather featuring a variety of zips, laces and turn downs; they are a statement boot and give a great edge to any outfit.

River Island have a brilliant copy called The Peep Toe Zip boots priced £64.99/€85 and All Saints have a stylish laced up version called the Avanta Boot. Dorothy Perkins had a direct look-a-like but they sold out in record time!

Nude leather is a new and pleasant surprise trend this Spring/Summer. Wang kept his leather soft, in block colours of nude and tan and completely seamless. He matched leather shorts with crop tops for sportswear cool.

The most wearable nude leather buys right now are Karen Millen’s leather gillet (€299) and Wallis’s leather top (€85) – but hurry they are selling fast!

Wang’s comfy loungewear was a brilliant contrast with the high heeled boots. There were lots of cotton sweaters, crop tops and dresses, perfect for the summer season.

Reiss and Topshop have a great selection of cotton sweaters in particular Reiss’s Starlight grey sweatshirt style lurex knit (£110/€140).

Wang sent every model down the runway sporting the ‘Alexander Wang plait’ a fun new hair trend that has been echoed by everyone from Kate Bosworth to Lauren Conrad. This cute, girly look is very simple. It just requires a little bit of back-combing and hair spray (I recommend L’Oreal’s Elnet). The key is not to look too styled so don’t spend ages doing it. The more relaxed and loose, the better! It’s a beautiful look for both day and night.

The ‘no make up’ make up look is youthful and refreshing this spring. Awaken tired skin with YSL’s Top Secrets Flash Radiance Skincare Brush (€51) and apply a tinted moisturiser. Laura Mercier’s has been a cult fave for a while now and is available from Brown Thomas and Harvey Nichols in a number of shades. A tinted moisturiser is great for giving you a healthy glow and smoothing out your skin tone without looking cakey. Ditch the eyeshadow and eyeliner and wear mascara alone for a flawless and beautiful Alexander Wang inspired face!

The original article appeared on WhatSheWears.ie . Jennifer Ennis writes for WhatSheWears.ie, a celebrity and catwalk style for real life website.

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