Alexander Wang has quite the knack at turning unexpected hair bits and bobs into the next-big-thing. Take for example, last season’s revival of the claw clip – the paltry ’90s hair clip we never saw swinging back into fashionable favour. But alas, stamp ‘Alexander Wang’ on it, render it silver and let the waitlist begin.
Now, he’s served up another less-than-extraordinary hair object, the biker bandana. After straying from the New York Fashion Week schedule, Wang debuted his patriotic “Collection 1” line overnight to coincide with pre-season collections. An ode to all things Americana, the model fleet smelt like teen spirit; ’90s rock ‘n’ roll to be exact. The youthful, spirited gang – which included Bella and Kaia – marched down the runway sporting biker-type bandanas in paisley, stars and stripes; a kind of artful mash-up of the American flag. There was of course a lot of red, blue and white, but also black – injecting a little rock into Wang’s sartorial roll.
Pulled across model foreheads and tied at the back, the bandana complimented the ‘lived-in’ hair, a hair aesthetic which has become synonymous with Wang. Guido Palau, responsible for the hair look, created “nothing-y texture”, dried almost naturally and gently raked through from root to tip with fingers. A bespoke and star-spangled adaption of the boxer braid also made an appearance on some models, with Binx Walton’s intricate plaits even spelling her name. From the front, braids seemed innocuous enough, but from the back, ornate latticework was revealed.
It was the iconic Wang girl gang – but toughed up with leather, boots and bandanas. S’mores around the campfire never looked so sexy.