Vera Wang is perhaps best known for her romantic wedding gowns; every bride-to-be dreams of walking down the aisle in one of her frothy confections. For fall, she dropped the frills, but not the romance.
The collection opened with a muted but sophisticated color palette of black, stone, and charcoal grey, accented by shots of sheer lace panels or fur (it's Vera--fur is a given!). Everything was architectural: wool and satin were sculpted into strong shapes that often exaggerated hips or shoulders.
Towards the middle, there was an eruption of sequins in tones of lavender, ultra-violet, and plum that made me think of deep space--the effect was really pretty when kept simple, and I was hoping it would continue into evening gowns, but no such luck.
The collection ended with a floral print on a charcoal background in either stone grey, super-saturated tangerine, or magenta, often mixed together. The effect was most successful when kept to just two fabrics, otherwise it came across slightly muddled.
Her show notes said the collection was meant to "embrace sexy, easy glamour"--models walked the runway with long hair tucked into the backs of garments, as though they'd just thrown them on hurriedly, slipping on a deep red lipstick before dashing out the door. It was the perfect foil for the ultra-luxe furs and brocades that walked the runway.