With each passing season, I look forward to Vera Wang’s shows more and more. Her thought-provoking way with ethereal silk and satin chiffon always evokes emotion from me, though for fall 2014 she kept it somewhat light-hearted.
Bug sweaters, jeweled cicada brooches, and spiderweb lace all added a heightened sense of mystery to the runway. There was not a spot of color in the entire show. We know her as a romantic, yet this season it was a dark romanticism on display. She contrasted shadowy, charcoal hues with the airiest of fabrics – chiffon dresses and fine gauge knit cardigans – and the brightest, glittering jewels. Tartans of all sizes and dimensions mixed together purposely and successfully on everything from heavy coats to gauzy skirts.
It was a collection rich, if not with color, then with texture – a textured leather cape jacket; warm wool vests and sweaters; a black beaver shopping bag; satin chiffon drawstring pants; and a beaded sleeveless tank. This sensual mix was embodied best by one of my favorite looks – a chiffon collated peasant blouse, wool shorts with a textured leather back, and a raccoon coat that I would kill to borrow for the rest of my week in NYC! But it’s pieces like the “You Bug Me” pullover that make the show one of my favorites. Even in all black, the Vera Wang woman needs an irreverent sense of humor – that and a pair of those insane platform booties!