February 13, 2012 New York
The show started on a promising note. Look 2 included an oversize nude wool parka with a detachable hood and great-looking tailored flare pants—definitely a first chez Wang. And there was more cool, creative outerwear later on, in the form of sleeveless jackets with swooping raccoon collars—just the things to wear over cashmere sweaters when the weather starts to turn cold. A sleeveless sheath in a steely gray jacquard, meanwhile, looked right up the alley of Oscar nominee Viola Davis, who sat in the front row.
What worked less well were the sheer dresses, be they in nude net lace or vault-print silk chiffon. The peplums the designer put on top of them just didn't lower the risqué factor far enough. Wang is a proven problem solver (see any number of the beautiful bridal gowns she's designed over the years). She should tap into that store of knowledge in her next ready-to-wear collection.