"Fellini-inspired play clothes" was how Vera Wang billed her latest effort. And while this collection evoked the artsy but luxury-loving Vera woman more than it did, say, Anita Ekberg splashing about in a Roman fountain, the clothes aimed for an easy sensibility. In place of the designer's beloved leggings were satin cropped harem pants and shorts (a tough sell, perhaps, though designers have been proposing the drop-crotch silhouette for a few seasons now, so maybe they know something we don't). These were worn with, among other pairings, a molded bustier, sheer asymmetric cardigan, and lovely short-sleeve silver sequined coat. Pleated cotton blouses and a tailored blazer with rosette details rounded out the day looks.
Eveningwear wasn't the focus today, but there were some fine moments. A zip-front slip with a tulle overlay could be dressed up or down; ditto a wrap dress with a knit bodice. Best, though, was a billowy gray washed silk number. Floating down the runway, it looked up-to-the-minute but caught a sense of the glamorous ease hinted at in Wang's inspiration.
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