Alexander Wang and Beyond: How to Decipher the Summer 2016 Fashion Calendar
The fashion world has gotten a major makeover in the past year — and it’s finally starting to take shape on the runway. According to WWD, Alexander Wang announced Wednesday that he would hop on the direct-to-retail bandwagon helmed by designers like Ralph Lauren, Versus Versace, and Moschino, who have started to ride the wave of enthusiasm around their shows by offering select items for sale straight off the runway. Wang will show a few looks from his Resort 2017 collection during the Spring 2017 presentations this fall, but he’s embargoing the rest of the looks until they’re ready to hit stores. Elsewhere, designers and major fashion houses have started to move away from the rigid Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter calendar, opting instead for bigger midseason events outside of fashion week. And most of all, the line between menswear and womenswear has become increasingly blurry as brands collapse the separate collections and show them seemingly whenever they feel. Here, we untangle the fashion calendar’s messy summer ahead, deciphering the new strategies from the likes of Wang, Burberry, Vetements, and Hermes.