Sure, the fashion set grumbled—a lot—about having to trek out to Brooklyn for Alexander Wang‘s Fall 2014 runway show. Sure, the traffic upon both entering and exiting the borough’s mazelike Navy Yard was a nightmare. But despite all that, last night we were treated to one of the more memorable fashion week spectacles in recent memory.
The soundtrack was just as banging as we expected it would be—Grandtheft’s "Mobbin’ (feat. Hedspin)" served as the bassy backing track for much of the show—the cast was impeccable (Karlie! Joan! Jourdan!) and the survival-inspired clothes themselves were some of the strongest we’ve ever seen from the young designer. The boots, two-toned over-the-knee waders that’d stand up to even the rainiest, slushiest days, are sure to pop up on the feet of our favorite street style stars in no time. Dresses and coats were adorned with multiple tiny pockets, all the better to stash gadgets (or snacks!) inside. And the outerwear, which included incredible shearlings and suede puffers, was out of this world.
But this being an Alexander Wang production, it was the futuristic finale that really wowed. A handful of top models—Karlie, Angela Lindvall, Caroline Trentini and Candice Swanepoel among them—paraded out and stood in a circle, wearing looks that appeared to be entirely black. But once the "carousel of catwalkers" began to slowly rotate—yes, the runway was actually a giant turntable in disguise—each model briefly paused behind a vent that blew a gust of hot air, turning the heat-activated (!) clothes from black to bold colors like yellow, blue or purple. So very, very cool—and yet it was the sort of detail you might’ve missed depending on where in the room you were sitting. Check out Alexander Wang’s incredible color-changing runway finale in action below (the whole show’s certainly worth watching, but skip to the nine-minute mark to really have your mind blown)!