June 15, 2014 New York
Vera Wang seemed to be feeling the tug of conflicting impulses for Resort. On the one hand, there were flower prints on fluttery chiffon. On the other, boy shorts and black socks with loafers. No wonder one of her cardigans displayed the phrase, "Who Are You?" on the back. In all seriousness, Wang has always liked working both sides of the masculine-feminine split, and this collection was very much in her signature style: lots of layers, lots of leg, and a very healthy appreciation for accessories. Giant silk peonies bloomed at the shoulder, their decadent romance grounded by the sturdy leather belts that accompanied many of the looks, even the evening dresses. Wang has a well-honed irreverent streak, the seriousness of her booming bridal business notwithstanding. Here she exhibited it on transparent silk tops sewn with thin strips of mink, and on evening shorts encrusted with paillettes stitched into three-dimensional rosettes. When you get right down to it, the least whimsical things in the collection were that "Who Are You?" cardigan and a pair of flower-covered track pants. Wang's "gypsy tomboys," as she's dubbed them this season, will put some miles in wearing those.
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