Alexander Wang continues his fascination with chain mail for the spring 2016 season but in a scaled back form for ready-to-wear as compared to fall. For his shoes and accessories line, with respect to the chain theme, he is all in.

This season is Wang’s last season designing for Balenciaga so with split attention, there is a strong correlation between past season themes and spring 2016. Gym sacks and bucket bags were refreshed with link closures and when the accessories were not caged in chains, like a pouch bag or a flatform, Wang studded pieces with industrial sized hardware. The best treatment of studs on the accessories is on a pair of slip ons designed to resemble chain mail.

The urban street wear designer punched up kicks with suede textures and red laces. Suede espadrilles are new to the designer’s shoe collection and perhaps a little out-of-place but we attribute it to Wang’s busy hand. Overly treated high heel sandals left the heels category wanting with only an ankle wrap sandal left to be desired.

No worries – there is much more to appraise and to accelerate to the top of our must-have lists. A preview of the spring 2016 collection follows.