Vera Wang Ready To Wear Spring Summer 2014 New York
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Hey Nike!  Are you listening Adidas and Reebok? One of your top tier sports brands should run on over to Vera Wang and sign this designer up for a capsule collaboration asap. Her spring/summer 2014 show was nothing, if not a calling card to get a gig designing athletic gear (Stella McCartney could use a little stiff competition).

Ms. Wang already has some experience in the field, remember she designed those beautiful skating costumes for Olympic medalist Michelle Kwan? And Wang’s svelte and toned body might be due in thanks to her own past as an ice skater. So the woman knows her way around high tech fibers.

But for her signature collection her athletically inspired clothing came crafted not out of neoprene or some new polymer fibers. No, this was a refined take on the trend. Wang’s ensembles were crafted out of gazaar, Merino wool, organza, and silk chiffon.

When her models came out on the runway, their hair pushed back by wide headbands, wearing pieces that were able to blend sporty energy with a cultivated elegance. Black chiffon dresses or gauze baseball jackets were embellished with mesh panels. Lightly layered asymmetrical bias cut shift dresses were given a dynamism thanks to curving colors of cobalt, yellow or red that bisected the feather light fabric. And high necked evening gowns were cleverly embellished in a collage of sequined balls (think tennis. think golf) and “tennis racket” mesh sections.

 This was a cohesive collection that  produced some winning options for next season.

- Jessica Michault

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