For Spring 2013, Alexander Wang replaced illusion netting with a custom-designed, reinforced form of fishing wire—one that wouldn't melt on contact with pesky garment steamers. And what a beautiful application he found for it: this above-the-knee black leather shift. A cutout dress that isn't uncomfortably body-conscious—that's some serious R&D. It's equal parts primitive and futuristic, which, by our logic, makes it precisely of-the-moment. With his recent appointment to Balenciaga, this look will make a big we-knew-him-when statement. If this is what he does with his foundation in tees and sweats, we can't wait to see where Cristóbal's couture archives take him.
This First Dibs was selected by Interview assistant market editor Stephanie Strauss.
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