Whenever a new Vera Wang collection is announced, black is to be expected. Overall, the lines don’t deviate much from this color, save for a few looks of a bright color, or white pieces spread out. For the Vera Wang fall/winter 2016-17 ready-to-wear line, however, the designer had a segment of airy olive and purple apparel in store for viewers. Those who attended the New York Fashion Week showing were greeted by the signature black looks that were to be expected, but exactly halfway through, the olive pieces began to appear, and continued on to finish out the line.
The collection started out with a wow moment right off the bat, with a strappy bibbed top paired with a high-slit, floor-sweeping skirt, and finished off with an edgy double-belt. The look was created in classic Vera Wang style, with the dark color scheme matching the daring garment. It also showed the beginnings of the themes that arose due to the sources of inspiration Wang chose to base this collection from.
She looked to Swiss artist and printmaker Alberto Giacometti to inspire her sweeping looks, and then all the way to the garb worn by fencers to inspire the various shapes embedded within the collection. It seems like a random duo for inspiration, but the result was a demure glamour that maintained a great deal of strength, while still being an overtly feminine commercial line.
The vests in the collection were particularly well-executed, as the finished garments were fit perfectly to the models’ bodies, and it is easy to envision nearly any shade of a long-sleeved shirt paired with it. Adding this herself would have taken away from the monochromatic vibe of the first half of the collection, so Wang opted to leave that much up to the imagination of the viewer – although without an undershirt the vest is still quite striking and memorable, so perhaps it will be seen in the next season with and without.
The shoes were certainly a curious oddity in the Vera Wang fall 2016 collection. For such a slight structure on top, the platform appeared to be astronomical. This was a distracting feature of the collection, although it’s surely an aspect that will get people talking – you can’t easily forget a shoe that insane! They were especially anomalistic when paired with shorts in the line. They weren’t an outright unattractive addition to the collection, although they did take the attention away from the clothes in certain outfits more than others.
The runway show’s finale was all about the color, however. Looks in varying shades of olive were sent down the runway, before a purple hue was briefly introduced in a look that slightly resembled something straight out of Star Wars. The sheer fabrics might not be the most practical against the chilly fall/winter temperatures, but the extra-bulky fur coats more than make up for that heat loss. The final pieces in this collection turned to sparkle and shine, in a way that was rather unprecedented among the others clothes. Although their simplicity paired with the sequins would make for a stunning moment at an evening event.
Models looked intense and noble yet aloof as they walked the catwalk, perfectly epitomizing the concept of the strong fencing theme. They were styled with a strong, masculine eyebrow and simple hair, parted right down the middle. This helped the construction in the garments to stand out, and also added to the strength and intensity of the looks and their inspirations.
Photos courtesy of Vogue