Nancy Vuu debuted her new, high-fashion line of vintage-inspired children and teen clothing at L.A’s Style and Fashion Week on Monday, March 10, 2014. Her collection blended modern elegance with vintage-inspired shapes. Vuu’s desgins have a refreshingly youthful voice while still maintaining a high-fashion edge. Her show seemed to be a modern Alice in Wonderland, it took viewers through the rabbit hole of time and into a world of childlike elegance. The show opened with a regal cream-colored dress and tiara. This stunning piece set high expectations for the rest of the collection.
Vuu’s fashions are intriguing with an underlying sweetness; the models paraded down the runway barefoot to a playlist of upbeat popular music. The music contrasted with the more classically Victorian-inspired pieces, such as a pale lilac ball gown with lacey sleeves and a high, puffed collar. Yet, the popular songs served as a reminder that Vuu’s designs combine modern and vintage.
Vuu mixed simple, A-line and sheath dresses with more elaborate ball gowns. While her princess style gowns show an exquisite attention to detail, some of her sheath dresses seemed to lack the inspiration found in the rest of her line. Although both shapes are reminiscent of Victorian-era fashions, her ball gowns are much more artistic. She draws on classic silhouettes and infuses a sense of youthfulness through a combination of color, pattern, and texture.
On the other hand, the sheath dresses, such as the cobalt dress with a lace bib, could be Vuu’s expression of unpretentious childhood innocence. In either case, this combination of dress silhouettes made Vuu’s voluptuous ball gowns even more prominent.
Vuu’s clothing blends the playful spirit of childhood with high-fashion elegance. Her outfits and accessories transform children into sprites and evoke a feeling of enchantment and a sense of nostalgia. Thus, her couture seems comparable to Lewis Carroll’s famous stories, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Vuu’s clothing is age-appropriate and elegantly understated. Her collection celebrates a childlike innocence and creativity without seeming infantile.
In addition to her line of dresses, Vuu included two charmingly juvenile suits. The first suit was a lightly pinstriped grey with cropped pants. While this ensemble had its charm, Vuu’s second suit was a highlight of the show. The second suit appeared to be a standard, if somewhat boxy, tweed. Yet, the model revealed the jacket’s striking peacock-feather patterned lining at the end of the runway. The vest also featured a surprise peacock-feather patterned back, which contrasted with its standard grey front.
This show marks Vuu’s debut fashion line—it is a tease of the creations yet to come. Although most looks appeared on the runway multiple times, Vuu did not present her entire collection together. This made it difficult to find an overlying theme to her designs and compare her pieces side-by-side. Despite this slight feeling of disunity, Vuu’s collection shows an enormous amount of potential. Couture-lovers should look out for her next fashions, and hope that she will consider expanding her signature style to include separates and accessories.
Vuu’s designs build on vintage charm and incorporate a lively sense of fantasy. Her line showed attention to detail and recurring themes—puffed sleeves, simple silhouettes, bold lace, and vintage floral patterns. She also played with color; her palette ranged from cream and pale lilac to vibrant blue and metallic gold. Vuu’s fashions impart a feeling of timelessness and, like Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, seem poised to become classics.