For obvious reasons, designers all over the globe have filled their 2012 collections with sport-influenced pieces. Technical fabrics and complex weaves and construction have all played a major role in the works of fashion’s most coveted.
With the summer’s Olympic Games fast approaching, it’s important to have a wardrobe that leaves the hard work for the athletes and effortlessly reflects menswear’s current state of mind.
Alexander Wang’s mixed-stitch jumper is just that: a contemporary blend of classic and technical fabrics that puts a contemporary spin on a wardrobe staple. Sport luxe items formed the backbone of the designer’s SS12 collection; a range designed to create a ‘uniform’ for the modern man. The jumper is constructed with side vents and contrasting stitch panels in a diamond graphic – an example of New York label’s signature laid-back style.
Highlighting Alexander Wang’s penchant for detailing, the intricate contrast-stitch complements the relaxed style of this jumper. At a glance, it’s not so obvious, but on closer inspection this jumper’s exquisite craftsmanship comes to light. With the aforementioned side vents giving it a slouchy, irregular fit, this jumper is a versatile piece that can be worked for a sport-luxe finish or used as an anchoring piece for bolder colours/prints.
Channel the 90s in a modern way by continuing the relaxed, downtown style – pair this jumper with light stone wash denim shorts and finish with your favourite trainers or hi-tops.
For an edgier look, work this jumper with slick black skinny jeans, boots and structured jacket for simple, effortless cool.
The highlight of this jumper – and the entire collection – is that Wang hasn’t tried to force anything. While other designers are constantly trying ‘reinvent the wheel’ as Wang puts it, he is simply trying to “[re]visit the classics and things that guys know and understand.”
Alexander Wang’s collection takes staple separates – jumpers, jogging bottoms, sweatshirts, varsity jackets and shorts, classic everyman items – and applies these subtle details.
“You’re attracted to it because it’s something that you recognise, and you fall in love with it because the details lure you and surprise you.”