Girls all over New York must be calling their little brothers asking if they happen to have any old soccer jerseys or football padding, as it seems both have been revisited on the runway, first at Alexander Wang and then again, with a different hand, at Altuzarra.
His round of sporty looks featured plastic buckles under the breast and harness padding around the armholes akin to that on the straps of elementary school backpacks. The looks told a story that began in black and white tightly tailored dresses and pants then shocked into a tropical colored bird print. This pattern was worked into panels on leather trimmed skirts paired with bright knits, cap sleeves, the ticking on pant legs, tiny panels in the flounce of a dress or mixed with a Rastafarian rainbow weave. As for solid pieces, there were punched leather tops, long jackets and shiny pants. One take on a short coat featured two zippers running up the back to create a tail vent, another was of the more classic collarless variety. A few models appeared to be carrying laptop or ipad cases, perhaps a nod to a new front row furiously tapping at touch screens.
The biggest disappointment? That there wasn’t more in the way of the two versions of looks in rust red, beige and white. Would have been nice to see more of this and maybe a little less of the macaws and cockatoos.