Vera Wang Spring 2012 Takes A Trip To Alice’s Wonderland
As the empress of bridal whose wedding gowns often overshadow her arty-intelectual ready-to-wear lines, Vera Wang reminded all that her whimsical designs go beyond the Kim Kardashian (who happened to be in attendance aside Beyonce) wedding, and err on the side of avant-garde. This season, Wang took us too the sphere of Alice and Wonderland where colors varied from monochrome brights to blacks and whites, modern silhouettes, and accents of transparency all juxtaposed for a “trippy” collection.
For anyone who has seen Alice in Wonderland, the resonant sound of ticking clocks which opened the show was certainly familiar. Eventually transitioning into a lull of sweet, but soft sounding music which echoed on the runway. The atmosphere was fit as the first look, a stark white super piqué sleeveless peplum coat and texturized silk slip, took to the runway. The following looks were equally unpigmented ethereal white until the psychedelic prints which would remain though-out the collection, came in different styles of chiffon. The color palate primarily consisted of yellow, mint, magenta, indigo, and even a smokey charcoal. Wang cited “18th century French wallpaper” as the musing behind the “distorted to abstract effect [...] and trippy counterpoint to the modernity of pure whites.” As for the designs shapes and intricate construction, Wang enlightened us of her “exploration of tailor and transparency- collages of texture and detail.”
Many of the silhouettes were characterized by different style of peplum trend, with eyelet corsets and drawstring belts adding a particular flounce each design. Different kinds of leggings, from gauzed material or simple stretch cotton, shorter hemlines, sculpted skirts, and hooded overlays, added to the contemporary aesthetic. Bringing the collection to an electrifying close were variations on the show-stopping high-low draped troupes and gowns, featuring trains of organza in what I will now refer to as the Alice in Wonderland-esque prints. Wang’s Spring vision is certainly characterized by the imagination and it will be interesting to see where her designs turn-up. However, I will venture to guess that former Secretary of State and front row attendee, Madeleine Albright, will not be donning any of the collection at The While House.
Lauren Valenti is founder of fashion and music website, TheVogueVibes.com , as well as a Contributing Editor to the MyFDBlog during fashion week