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Cacharel Unveils New CEO, in Major Corporate Revamp November 21st, 2012 @ 00:56 AM

Kane Drops Out of Versus in Major Shake-up November 20th, 2012 @ 10:14 AM

Pucci’s Madison Avenue Store Debuts Massive Expansion November 16th, 2012 @ 00:35 AM

Ghesquière Departs Balenciaga in Major Surprise November 05th, 2012 @ 00:43 AM

Sao Paulo Fashion Week: Between Optimism and Fear November 02nd, 2012 @ 00:28 AM

London Unveils Men’s Season Schedule November 01st, 2012 @ 00:36 AM

Azzaro Releases Castello Branco October 25th, 2012 @ 00:18 AM

Revenue Soars 22 Percent at LVMH in First Three Quarters October 16th, 2012 @ 00:18 AM

Rykiel Names Geraldo da Conceicao Artistic Director September 21st, 2012 @ 8:12 PM

Brazil’s New London Pop-Up September 21st, 2012 @ 7:20 PM

McQueen Men Returning Home to London September 12th, 2012 @ 7:19 PM

Roitfeld, Mum and Son, Open in Brazil September 07th, 2012 @ 00:54 AM

Berluti Opens to Big-Time Business in London September 06th, 2012 @ 3:27 PM

Stefano Pilati Back with a Bang at Zegna September 05th, 2012 @ 7:10 PM

Hugo Boss Wows in Berlin, Plans for New York July 06th, 2012 @ 00:17 AM

Salvatore Ferragamo: Crusin’ the Louvre June 13th, 2012 @ 11:04 AM

Michel Klein Gains New Backer; Launches Sunglass Collection June 13th, 2012 @ 00:48 AM

Sykes Jettisoned by Aquascutum; Maurer In at Rabanne June 06th, 2012 @ 00:18 AM

Armani Conquers China, Chastises the Pope June 01st, 2012 @ 11:53 AM


Vera Wang: Poiret Party People

Renata Espinosa
September 15th, 2009 @ 3:54 PM - New York

Vera Wang titled her Spring 2010 collection “Partying with Poiret,” referring to early twentieth century French designer Paul Poiret, who emancipated women from constrictive undergarments with loosely draped dresses and pants. “Poiret, not literally, but in my heart, like the way he partied all the time and he loved to throw parties,” said Wang after the show in her bright white boutique in downtown New York on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

The collection was about playing dress up in an unselfconscious, celebratory way that had the romance of an epic love poem combined with the eccentric horror of Poe.

“I think that adventurous spirit in fashion is what happened a lot in the Twenties, with Chanel dressing women like men, and Poiret dressing women without girdles and without bustles, wearing softly draped things, and [Elsa] Schiaparelli – they were all of that era and a certain freedom started to happen on into the Thirties,” said Wang.

Though it was a spring collection, it didn’t mean that Wang didn’t embrace decadent layers of black tulle, textured with ruffles on a shift dress or in the frayed pleats of a short skirt. For Wang, it was about expanding the possibilities of the materials, which took on a couture-like level of craftsmanship in the detailing.

“We threw away at least a quarter of million dollars worth of fabric,” said Wang. “In this economy, that’s kind of embarrassing, but I really wanted to evolve the technique. We tried sewing it, we tried washing it, starching, double washing and cutting it on the bias. I think we ended up with about one-twentieth of the fabric we started out with in the design room.”

Along with the loose silhouettes of crepe de chine shifts and an elegant playsuit, Wang also layered sheer organza skirts, like ballerina tutus, over black knit athletic shorts – perfect for those marathon nights out. Sequins, spidery silver beaded bibs and a jeweled bolero were the candied centerpieces of Wang’s delicious accessories.

“Part of that is because I dress myself that way,” explained Wang. “I mix things up. I like taking clothing out of context. You can wear big jewelry or fabulous rings, and then you can wear shorts.”

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