Vera Wang's collection may be intended for the fall, but it comprised exactly the type of darkly romantic looks that would do well for a Wuthering Heights kind of Valentine's Day.
Wang's show confirmed that the insect motif that we've seen in seasons past isn't going away any time soon. The second model came down the runway in a shirt that read, "You bug me," with a jeweled cicada brooch at her throat. Look five topped off a tartan-on-tartan suit with a necklace tangled with insects. Elsewhere, the models wore oversize beetle brooches on their lapels. In many cases, the glittering insects blended right into the jewelry, especially the fringed necklaces; the long strands falling to the models' waists were the focal point here.
The natural world also came through in the show's floral section; the fluttering looks that showcased pale flowers printed on black georgette were especially pretty. In the show's finale, Wang mixed black spiderweb lace with gathered tulle for a couple of looks that, like the fringed necklaces, took the creepy-crawlies to a hauntingly pretty place.
The glossy black haircalf separates were where Wang won, though, particularly a short-sleeved coat and a funnel neck vest that fell past the model's knees. The pieces added a level of opacity and structure to the collection's otherwise transparent, flowing fabrics. Worn with elbow-length gloves, Wang showed their potential as great layering pieces; cold weather dressing doesn't have to mean long sleeves, all the time.