Vera Wang
Designer Focus

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Synonymous with bridal dresses and ethereal wedding gowns, Vera Wang is one who knows how to bring out the feminine allure of a woman. There’s no surprise there. The Vera Wang ready-to-wear line, on the other hand, fuses this sensibility with a very dark aesthetic.

It’s a stark transition and a Vera Wang signature that saw her receive the Womenswear Designer of the Year award in 2005 by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and soon after, the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement award in 2013.

As former senior fashion editor for Vogue US, you could sense that Wang has seen things, things only a trained eye in the fashion world can imagine.

A little boyish and a little feminine but always enigmatic, the Vera Wang woman lives on a day-to-day basis with a subtle and sophisticated couture-like appeal. The silhouette is always flattering and she favours fluid movements in variegated textiles, which are underscored by a fine attention to detail. “It’s reflective of how I live and dress,” she remarked.

This season, she flaunts a noirish ideal –yet again– laden with charming embellishments and neatly draped details. She toys with this notion in mostly black ensembles –her primary colour of choice– complete with tousled hair and au naturel make-up. The construction was exquisite and so were the fabrics. Leather elements and ribbed knit detailing toughened up the look, juxtaposed with bands of sheer fabric and ladylike details.

The Vera Wang woman certainly has an edge –a dark one at that– and she flaunts it day and night.

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