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Alexander Wang, fashion's downtown darling, showed his collection last night at Roseland Ballroom. In attendance: Anna Wintour with her daughter, his former muse Erin Wasson, and Sarah Jessica Parker. Our first reaction to the looks was, "Oh no, biker shorts!", but that's just us. Here, what they're saying about it around the web:

1.) Vogue UK: "As vintage Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson and Guns N’ Roses blared from the speakers, out came what can only be described as vintage Eighties business attire – structured dresses and a cropped blazer in Australian Merino wool, double-breasted portrait collar jackets and oversized white dress shirts – all reimagined for 21st Century club kids who’ve inadvertently found themselves with day jobs."

2.) IHT: "'I thought of the women as wild animals - I wanted to take control with structure and sophistication,' Wang said backstage after showing his tough-chic collection, where a black crocodile jacket would be fitted to the body over a pair of leggings, where the androgynous looks ended in biker shorts and where dresses were cut away at the back or sliced off at one shoulder. Sculpted silver jewelry reinforced the message. It made for a show with strong attitude, even if the 1980s influence seemed too prevalent."

3.) Fashion Wire Daily: "Perhaps his best ideas were the savvy way he combined fabrics, finishes and surfaces – geometric jacquard with kidskin, or ribbed leather with metallic croc. His trims had far too many shaggy edges and the show might have benefitted from fewer Peruvian hats and biker shorts. That said, his casting was impeccable and one could clearly see that the runway girls really enjoyed wearing the clothes."

4.) NY Post: "Wang's whole aesthetic is to cut close to the body while being bold. A perfectly tailored little black dress has extensive cut outs on the backside, a simple jacket is studded with cubes across the shoulders and so on. However, when you look beyond the gimmicks in this collection, you can see Wang has come far with his shaping of garments and his tailoring."

5.) Fashionista: "The black bandage leggings - like an Herve dress for your legs - make me wish I was sitting next to Rachel Zoe so we could die together."

Alexander Wang

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