June 09, 2011 New York
Easy, relaxed, sexy. Vera Wang was in London for a perfume launch, but you could almost hear the designer chanting the mantra in absentia at her Resort presentation. Wang has been studiously trying to tweak her clothes' look of late, ditching the precious embellishments and costume jewelry for a more sportswear-influenced look. Personally, she favors an anonymously chic cardigan and leggings, but there's nothing plain about the separates she puts in her collections. On the parka front, the designer picked up where Fall left off, cropping jackets above the waist, adding frills at the collar, and ruching the sleeves. The other big story here was dresses, wispy little things that came in bold painterly polka dots or a more restrained square motif. The dots looked fresher, and were particularly winning on a tank dress with an asymmetrical hem topping a pair of sporty racing pants cropped below the knee. There wasn't much awe factor in the 18-look lineup, but you have to give Wang credit for nailing the way urban girls dress, mixing tough with sweet, delicate with street.
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