Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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New York: Though most often acknowledged for carving an aspirational bridal gown niche where-there-was-none, Vera Wang may surprise many with the consistently experimental nature of her ready-to-wear collection. Her f/w 12 presentation considered the potential for sheerness to transform garments from a purely functional nature to a far more conceptual one. When a sheer vest and skirt are worn over a vivid tangerine bandeau and cycling shorts, are the latter foundation garments or are the former distant cousins of the veil? What garments are meant to be revealed, and what garments are meant to be concealed? Wang’s translucent layers deliberately left these questions unanswered, stimulating a dynamic “conversation” among pieces. In addition Wang, introduced two new pant proportions (a flare and a narrow winter-short) that worked to supply just the correct amount of wearability to this assortment. –Kibwe Chase-Marshall
Silhouette: Slim / Molded / Layered / Stacked / Languid
Color: Camel / Metallic clay / Nude / Moonstone / Tangerine / Black / Charcoal / Steel grey / Blue topaz / Blood orange
Key Items: Oversized parka / Tailored flare pant / Floor-length skirt / Sleeveless jacket / Molded sheath / Cape jacket / Sheer floor-length gown / Tailored bermuda short / Fur cape / Bandeau / Straight knee-length skirt
Materials: Wool melton / Double faced wool / Matte jersey / Lurex-woven jacquard / Silk chiffon / Organza / Lace / Fur
Print + Pattern: Architectural geometric / Organic placed / Rose window / Fractured planes
Details + Trim: Net lace / Detachable hood / Fur collar / Sheer panels / Crystal mesh / Piped pocket / Fur neck-wrap
Accessories + Footwear: Over-the-knee boot / Platform bootie / Dress sock
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