Considering the fact that she got her start as a bridal designer, it’s only fitting that the first word that comes to mind after seeing Vera Wang’s latest collection is romance. Even though it consisted of mostly black and other somber tones, there was something etheral and feminine about most of the looks that kept it all from being too heavy.
Color Palette: Lots of black and various shades of gray, with some rust and orange tones thrown in there to warm things up. The metallic trend continued with a few liquid silver satin dresses.
Textures and Details: Besides the ever present metallics, there were some pretty silver and black beaded details. There were also quite a few cozy-looking knits and furry coats. I think that Vera (or perhaps a stylist) made a bit of a mis-step with the hats and hoods – several looks were capped off by a strange hat or head-wrap that just looked weird.
Key Looks: My absolute favorite piece was a black chiffon dress with pewter beading and an intricate layered skirt/train – it was simply beautiful. Other key looks included belted coats and jackets, body-skimming A-line coats and dresses, chunky knit scarves, hoods, egg-shaped skirts, black on black layers, and long gloves (it seems that opera-length gloves are definitely still hot for next fall – they were spotted on tons of runways).
Overall Impression: Vera Wang is one multi-talented designer.
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