Fashion Week: Vera Wang is an expert shape-shifter
Posted February 12, 2013
NEW YORK -- Leave it to a pro like Vera Wang to take our basic concept of shapes to the next level.
The iconic designer's collection was big on cocoons, bubbles and peplums found on vests, dresses and jackets for what she called in the show notes "the exploration of classical dressmaking in sculptural silhouettes."
Models first came down the floral-patterned runway in oversized vests and jackets with a curiously rounded shape like a cocoon. The wool twill outerwear featured exaggerated armholes that went from armpit to thigh.
Next, Wang experimented with kimonos, capes and origami, achieving with the latter technique a flat effect with her draping that was particularly intriguing on such items as the charcoal wool silk top and skirt.
She then moved on to the peplum portion of the show, exaggerating the detail to almost cartoonish proportion and even adding pockets in some cases. Her expert print-mixing and color-clashing added to the chicness of many of the peplum looks.
A particularly striking look was the stone rose jacquard gown with butterfly peplum and magenta rose printed chiffon skirt.
Jada Pinkett sat in the front row and reportedly was overheard telling Wang "I love you" backstage before the show. And, with another knockout collection, we can totally see why.
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