Alexander Wang seemed to go from fashion darling to fashion disaster on Saturday night, taking over Kanye Westâs role at New York Fashion Week as the designer who pushed editorsâ and bloggersâ patience too far.
Wangâs show in Bushwick was dubbed by critics âa foolâs errand,â âa big middle finger up,â âa fâ-â-âking jokeâ and âwhat Fyre Festival must have been like.â
A year ago, Westâs show on Roosevelt Island prompted an editor to grouse, âI feel like weâve been kidnapped.â
Of Wangâs party-hearty #WangFest on a dead-end street in Brooklyn, blogger Bryanboy posted (on a private Instagram feed): âHe got balls to put on the invite he will start at 9 p.m. âsharpâ (maybe in a different time zone) and showed almost an hour and half later with everyone standing on the street behind crowded barricades like herded cattle outside some stupid aâ-â- warehouse in Brooklyn. We waited for nothing.â
W Magazine described âpushingâ and âshovingâ while the New York Times observed, âEven Kim Kardashian and Kris Jenner were stuck on the concrete outside, balanced on their teetering heels.â
WWD wrote of being âcorralled behind metal police barricades,â but â[d]uring a postshow interview in a movie set trailer that smelled of vomit, [Wang] seemed oblivious.â
Models including Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner arrived with Wang via a party bus after Manhattan stops for fans. Bryanboy said, in his post, âYou force fed us a live episode of âKeeping Up With Kim and Krisâ via intravenous feed with no option to change the channel on the remote.â But perhaps all will be forgiven.
The bloggerâs rant was deleted, and he told us, âI genuinely believe heâs a talented designer .â.â. this one simply stretched our patience thin.â Either way, he said he had a better time at âthe bar next door, Honeyâs, where it was more fun and the drinks are cheap, cheap, cheap!â