Vera Wang's last couple of collections have been stellar. The woman with roots in bridal, has definitely proven she can deliver wearable ready-to-wear with the same elegance.
However, I was left a little depressed after viewing this somber collection. The fabrics were gorgeous: embroidered tulle, metallic brocade, and glossy duchesse satin, but the looks were a hodgepodge of asymmetry, ruffles and tailoring. Too many ideas usually makes for a sloppy presentation. The color palette was dull - the most interesting color was a burnt ochre satin, but this is also a difficult color for many to wear.
There was some residual layering from seasons past and silhouettes still managed to be slim. There were a few standout dresses, but they were so because they weren't cluttered with additional pieces and the (awful) netting that was draped over some looks. I did find some creativity in the styling of scarves; scarves worn as hoods and interesting tying techniques. Most looks were accompanied by long, scrunched leather gloves that made models look slightly reptilian.
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