Vera Wang Fall 2013 Ready-to-Wear Collection Review - Sexy, Easy Glamour

According to the liner notes, Vera Wang’s Fall 2013 Collection represented an exploration of classical dressmaking in sculptural silhouettes. Collages of texture, pattern, color, and proportion celebrate a panoply that embraces sexy, easy glamour. With an ode to Cristobal Balenciaga’s egg shaped coats and balloon skirts, Ms. Wang layered and cut her separates for a look that was nonchalantly chic. Yesterday’s bustles are today’s exaggerated peplums. While the references might have been as recent as mid-century, the presentation had a futuristically surreal romanticism and modernity about it.



The focus of the collection’s 48 looks was a play on shape and proportion with a mélange of fabrications and hues. And while voluminous silhouettes are not new to fashion, Vera Wang found a way to update her pieces with luxurious textiles and design details. Fabrications in twill, canvas, wool, silk, jersey, guipure lace, fox, tweed, brocade, jacquard, and chiffon were accented by exaggerated armholes, color blocked side panels, rhinestone yokes, bishop sleeves, kimono tops, origami pleats, jeweled hemlines, embroidered underskirts, beaded waistbands, and lace insets. Keeping the palette predominantly neutral in shades of black, stone, charcoal, gray, white with brighter touches of lavender, violet, fuchsia, stone rose, magenta, and tangerine towards the end, allowed the designer to play up the more textural elements of her collection.



Paul Hanlon Lead Hairstylist for Moroccan Oil created a slightly undone look with lightly curled waves and a soft center part, giving the hair some movement, allowing it to gently fall on the face and shoulders. Clé de Peau Creative Director Lucia Pieroni created what she called a “Nineties Face,” with the emphasis on a strong, thick brow and bold, matte mouth. She highlighted the lids with shades of rose gold and bronze to play up the metallic jacquards and blended intensely saturated hues of merlot, which kept the look very strong, yet feminine. 


“I’m so small, but I love dressing like a tall woman, and Vera has this way of taking my little petite frame and putting me in things that lengthen my frame somehow and make me look like the tall woman I’m meant to be,” said Jada Pinkett-Smith. “She just does magic.”



My favorite looks from the Vera Wang Fall 2013 Ready-to-Wear Collection included: the black wool canvas v-neck sleeveless top, charcoal wool canvas bra, and black wool twill skirt with color blocked side panels; the charcoal wool silk origami pleated top with charcoal wool silk petal origami skirt; the black duchess satin opera coat, black confetti fil-coupe v-neck sleeveless top, and black confetti fil-coupe pant; the ultraviolet sequin beaded tank top with lavender rhinestone yoke and fuchsia metallic flower cloqué pleated skirt; the stone collage dress with rose jacquard bodice, butterfly peplum with black guipure lace inset, and magenta rose jacquard skirt; the stone rose jacquard gown with butterfly peplum with magenta rose printed chiffon skirt; and the magenta rose printed chiffon blouse with magenta rose jacquard bra, and magenta rose jacquard cropped trouser with stone rose jacquard yoke.



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