Vera Wang Fall 2011: Pleats are Swell

It's day six of Fashion Week. Suddenly all of the shows are beginning to blur together and our grande coffee orders have been replaced by double shots of espresso. So this morning at Vera Wang, we could have almost dozed off waiting for the show to begin as a soundtrack of soothing violins played over the stereo. But we were deterred by the monstrous gilded gate that guarded the opening of the runway, a clear indication that we were about to see something good. The collection, a take on the effortless American style of the 1930s mixed with the glamor of the English aristocracy of the same era, looked like it could have been the wardrobe for the Keira Knightley film, Atonement.
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It's day six of Fashion Week. Suddenly all of the shows are beginning to blur together and our grande coffee orders have been replaced by double shots of espresso. So this morning at Vera Wang, we could have almost dozed off waiting for the show to begin as a soundtrack of soothing violins played over the stereo. But we were deterred by the monstrous gilded gate that guarded the opening of the runway, a clear indication that we were about to see something good. The collection, a take on the effortless American style of the 1930s mixed with the glamor of the English aristocracy of the same era, looked like it could have been the wardrobe for the Keira Knightley film, Atonement.
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It's day six of Fashion Week. Suddenly all of the shows are beginning to blur together and our grande coffee orders have been replaced by double shots of espresso. So this morning at Vera Wang, we could have almost dozed off waiting for the show to begin as a soundtrack of soothing violins played over the stereo. But we were deterred by the monstrous gilded gate that guarded the opening of the runway, a clear indication that we were about to see something good.

The collection, a take on the effortless American style of the 1930s mixed with the glamor of the English aristocracy of the same era, looked like it could have been the wardrobe for the Keira Knightley film, Atonement.

Pleats ran the show, making an appearance in every look whether it was a floor-length gown, shift dress, or over skinny pants. Wang stayed true to the era with classic 30's cuts--deep V-necks, ruffled high necks, racer-backs, low cut backs, all in fluid silhouettes. The fabric of choice was a delicate chiffon, at some points see-through, in charcoal, olive green, dusty pink, ivory, and a spicy red.

Wang's outerwear included satin scuba coats with black fox fur accents and detachable furry hoods. A stand out piece was a wool sleeveless leather jacket framed with fox fur, accompanied by a goat trim hood.

We left the show feeling refreshed and ready to take on the last two days of Fashion Week. Thanks Vera!

**All Photos: IMAXTREE