Runway Report: Vera Wang

As the lights dimmed and music sounded off, you were prepared for the romance to begin, until the loud bass of a drum sounded off and a chic gauzy long-sleeved cropped top with matching skirt stomped down the runway.  While architectural atheletic lines intertwined with artful and organic fabrics it was clear we were in for the ultimate clash of hard and soft.

For Spring 2014, Vera Wang allowed for silk gauze to steal the show as they were constructed into everything from dresses to trousers whose excess hauntingly drifted behind each model as they walked.  Another surprise came from her choice of colors.  Other than same splashes of citron and geranium gowns near the end, it was a smokey collection full of charcoals, blacks and cobalt.  Using asymmetrical cuts and layers as thin as tissue paper, slip dresses were warped into proper outerwear attire while a series of intricately hand painted silk chiffon and crepe halter flyaway gowns gave us new ideas for a formal evening.

Emphasizing the athletic inspiration, baseball jackets laid over mesh dresses with strategically placed jersey ponte adding a sexy edge while racer-back cuts won the majority of shape on each design, but not without the balance of gauze flower petals.  There was a surprise of bling that sparked smiles from the crowd as bunches of Cobalt, grey and black sequins came together in paillettes on vests and pencil skirts punching up the volume for this ever seductive collection.

Jillian Magenheim is a writer, editor and a digital media/PR consultant for fashion and beauty brands. You can follow her thoughts on twitter @Magenhaz

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