Vera Wang Ready To Wear Spring Summer 2013 New York

Texture, print and proportion. Those have been consistent hallmarks for Vera Wang since she launched ready-to-wear in 2000. For Spring 2013, the designer took her methodical eye to India, where she was fascinated by the nation’s enormous color and vast textile offerings.
 
“This wasn’t about a sari or a song,” she said backstage. “India was the departure point for my imagination. I sought inspiration in somewhere foreign and exotic.” And while Wang confessed that she spent her entire summer in New York working, her translation of a modern India (“A relevant and contemporary place,” as she put it) was richly unique while grounded in the Vera Wang sensibility. “There was a lot in these clothes,” she said. “I want a woman to feel they could wear a narrow dress—that it’s always an intellectual and thoughtful process.”
 
Jackets, tunics and sheaths were cut either simple and strict  or with volume, beautifully anchored by Pajama trousers, “dancing” skirts and a pervading tuliped silhouette that was at once feminine and edgy. “Remember, these clothes have a sense of India, but aren’t Indian,” Wang noted. “This was a very layered thought process.”
 
Wang’s passage through India took her on quite the magical ride, from purity to the darkness of the Rajasthan and Maharajas, the vibrant hues to full-on brocade and metal beading. The wonderland of hues—white, chartreuse, gold, aqua, cypress and navy—proudly reflected the nation’s storied heritage. “The Indians love color so much, I could easily have done 150 passages,” Wang said in a heartfelt tone, “but this was about my own India, which is very sensual and very rich.”

- Jim Shi