Thursday, 17 February 2011

Vera Wang Parkas

NYFW gave us the return of Vera Wang, of course I wasn't there, don't be ridiculous. (Give me a few years to sweeten up the designers and maintain a substantial follower count!)
It also gave us the return of the parka for AW11. It was a big hit last season, except most of 'my people' stuck in Yorkshire didn't have chance to show them off, because we were all snowed in. Thankfully it's back at Vera Wang and in the most superb way possible, black, and enveloped in fur.

Unlike the usual pairing of a parka with something more casual, Wang decided to work hers with an elegant selection of chiffon blouses, dresses and skirts. All that could be seen underneath the glorious array of outerwear was pleated, delicate yet pristinely cut pleats were the foundation for many of the designs.

Nothing was too severe at this season's show, as Wang stepped away from Spring's silky glamour and entered a truly matte feel with the fabrics. The palette was her usual subdued neutrals with black as the carrier through the collection, it almost gives a dusty 1930's feel.

 Then out came the evening wear. Many critics agree this is where Wang can celebrate her talent best, yet there was no such fuss this season. Not an accessory in sight, not a scrap of netting or tulle and the barest necks on the runway so far. Everything was crisp, clean cut and the draping was true to form, beautiful.

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