Vera Wang Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear Collection Review — Fashion Week’s Femme Fatale

Channeling 60’s screen sirens Jeanne Moreau and Catherine Denueve, La Mariée était en noir, French for The Bride Wore Black, supplied the inspiration for the Vera Wang Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear Collection. According to the program notes, “Film Noir” was referenced as a contemporary metaphor for youth, romance, and sophistication, tinged ever so lightly with a sense of mystery. Returning to Bryant Park after showing at her Soho boutique the past couple seasons, the queen of luxe bridal wear unveiled 39 looks, which were a sartorially sinister expression of texture, volume, cut, and composition.

The femme fatale is an enduringly hypnotic and alluring fashion muse. She allows us all to explore what we could be and liberate our senses with wild abandon. She is provocative, intriguing, and downright spellbinding with her agile, stealth advances, quick-witted tongue, and come-hither glances that snare an unsuspecting gaggle of men—bringing them weak to their knees and rendering them powerless. Based on the novel by William Irish, the 1968 French classic directed by François Truffaut is a revenge film in which five men make a young bride (portrayed by Jeanne Moreau) a widow on her wedding day. She avenges her fiancé’s death by methodically killing each of the five men.

“She’s very Bridget Bardot,” said the award-winning designer backstage of her Fall 2010 muse, “She is a good girl with a hidden, sexy side.”

The Vera Wang Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear Collection emphasized tailoring, while balancing a sleek silhouette with sporty underpinnings and feminine elements. While the season overall seemed to have designers paring back towards a more refined ladylike minimalism and shifting away from excessively fussy details of previous collections—no doubt a reaction to the economic decline—the artistically inclined Ms. Wang maintained a delicate balance between the two, adorning classic shapes with luxurious Mongolian fur hems, organza rosette appliqués, sequin mesh pockets, and Swarovski crystal stones. Beautifully draped dresses reflected Vera Wang’s signature modern aesthetic, overlapping unexpected mixtures of day and night fabrics. Many of the collection’s looks were accessorized with sky-high platforms, opera length gloves, and torsades of pearls at the neck and wrist creating “a sense of extravagance and disheveled glamour!”

My favorite looks from the fashion femme fatale line-up included: a black wool twill short sleeve coat with grey Mongolian fur hem atop a charcoal jersey long sleeve t-shirt, and black stretch wool crepe paperbag shorts; the charcoal duchess satin draped bustier dress with back draped tissue weight faille skirt; a black quilted faille bolero with organza rosette appliqués paired with a charcoal wool knit one-shoulder jumpsuit with black tuxedo stripe; the black bias fringe and wool sleeveless jacket layered over with the black scalloped organza and viscose knit dress; a charcoal Mongolian fur pocket scarf with a jersey gathered top, and a black twill pant; the charcoal felt short sleeve jacket with Mongolian fur collar atop a black jersey tank, and organza swirl rosette skirt; and the silver distressed sequin and black Swarovski crystal stone tank dress.

Images provided courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Group

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