June 11, 2008
The year: 1950. The setting: a villa on the French Riviera. The heroine: a teenager coming of age. Françoise Sagan's Bonjour Tristesse was the starting point for Vera Wang's beautiful and modern Resort collection. Scorching sun and sparkling Mediterranean sea translated to a palette brimming with blue and ocher, which was then enlivened by flashes of raspberry and tempered with touches of gray. Men's shirting, fine-gauge oversize sweaters, and slouchy trousers added just the right soupçon of tomboyish dash, a clever contrast to the la vie en rose romanticism of lingerie and floaty childrenswear-inspired tops and dresses.