Vera Wang; What’s Going On?

“There are two very distinct parts; one is tailored, and the other side is very flou,” Vera Wang said, explaining the incongruities within this extraordinary collection. Indeed, the show notes called these two halves “Boyish Boudoir, Baby Bohemian,” although there is a gothic thread which runs through every piece, unifying these seemingly disparate ideas.

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“Its a destruction of formal feminine details,” the designer explained further, and indeed there were touches of glamorous anarchy in the messy hair, heavily shadowed eyes and beautifully dark, dark palette. Black roses decorated the entrance of the white gravel catwalk, adding to that sense of the gothic in a way that is decadent, but still somehow very pretty.

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Silhouettes were long and loose, or belted at the empire line. As the show progressed, sleek, no-nonsense black jackets and dresses gave way to opulent pieces, laced with sequinned flowers and veiled in Swarovski-encrusted tulle.

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Indeed, it is these last few dresses which are my very favourite of this, Wang’s latest collection; although the darkly romantic feeling that pervaded the entire show, with its feminine ruffles and metallic details, was very. very appealing. These are clothes that I would be happy to have hanging in my wardrobe.

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