September 13, 2008
Does Vera Wang secretly yearn to run away and join a gang? For her Lavender Label collection, the designer offered up a sophisticated take on street urchin style. This translated into some serious layering of organza slips and logo tees, shorter hemlines, and bold details like studs and oversize grommets, the latter used to strong effect in a neat take on the eyelet blouse. Accessories were similarly tough, from an extra-wide square-link belt to a tangled chain pendant necklace. Wang carried over silhouettes from seasons past, including Peter Pan collars, prim skirts, and easy silk tank dresses, but in an updated neutral palette of beige, black, and white. Now in its fourth season, Vera Wang Lavender Label has steadily grown into an attention-worthy entry in an otherwise crowded contemporary market.