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Vera Wang: Thrill, Rather Than Kill Bill

Godfrey Deeny
September 14th, 2010 @ 1:55 PM - New York

One got a masculine meets feminine moment, a crossroads of pinstripes and sheer chiffon at Vera Wang this season when the designer presented her spring 2011 collection Tuesday, Sept. 14, on models that looked like modern day damsels, thought not remotely in distress.

In her program notes, Wang explained that she drew her “emotional and creative inspiration” from Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill” in a show that was a “fusion of East meets West.” Yet, though the characters on her runway had the gutsy authority of that film’s heroine, they also suggested a far more romantic allure, especially with their Napoleonic courtesans’ twirling bouffant haircuts.

Throughout, Wang mixed eras and genders – like cutaway padded biker jackets worn with girly asymmetric bloomers, or gauzy athletic T-shirts over gentlemanly banker’s stripe pants, albeit cut with twisted sumo wrestler belt fronts.

The designer mixed lots of Asian motifs into the mix, whether Obi belts, Chinese wrap peasant pants, kimono blouses or Geisha gal dresses – generally in a dark palette of plum, stone, charcoal and chartreuse. And, despite a distinctly arty attitude – like hyper ruched skirts, or vests with vertical tentacles that rose theatrically to the neck – the clothes always had just the right soupcon of steely street style.

Not all her ideas worked - finishing several dresses with mini chiffon trains looked pretentious. But overall this was a fine statement of audacious modernism, and a timely reminder of how Wang can keep cleverly revamping her signature DNA with a certain classy aplomb.

Quite why Wang has not a far greater reputation remains something of a mystery. Her collections are pretty consistently among the best in every New York season, and visiting Europeans frequently give her the ultimate, albeit slightly backhanded imprimatur, of saying her collections would go down a treat on catwalks in Milan or Paris. And, to be clear, at least amongst themselves, they say that about rather few New York designers.

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