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Vera Wang

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DARK ELEGANCE

New York: After so many shows that began with all white looks, Vera Wang’s black opening felt a bit jarring, though the translucent layers of organza and chiffon did have an airy quality. Wang continued to mix light and heavy throughout the show, pairing glossy blood-red satins with billowy sheer white tops and pinstriped men’s suitings with ruched chiffon. A master of fabric manipulation, the designer showcased her technical prowess with intricate allover ruching for tunics and frocks and elegant gathering at the hips for skirts and dresses, which created a sort of built-in peplum. A blurry floral print on a black ground had a dark, moody quality, while a series of ruched and gathered tulle dresses with trailing trains felt ethereal and delicate. Though Wang’s collection felt somber compared to others in New York thus far, the designer’s sophisticated elegance is undeniable and appealing.

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