Text by Samantha Critchell, Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) - Vera Wang sent out from behind an oversized wrought-iron gate the modern version of the free-spirited American heiress who enchanted the Brits back in the 1930s.
She still wears a long, loose shape -- and likes her luxuries -- but her wardrobe trunk would now be filled with chiffon racer-back tanks, box-pleat skirts and tiered V-neck dresses.
This woman doesn't need T-shirts and jeans, she needs a closet full of proper tea attire, cocktail dresses and full-length, black-tie gowns.
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She covers it all with very contemporary outerwear, possibly a quilted satin coat with a fox harness and leather frame, or a leather jacket with a fox collar and mesh panel on the back.
Pleating, done with precision but also a softness, was a major theme of the fall collection. The best looks were the chemise dresses with dropped waists and accordion pleats, or the mustard-colored, high-neck cocktail number with sheer, slashed sleeves.
For evening, one of Wang's specialties, she offered gowns with hemlines high in the front and longer in the back with pleated bodices. The mix of delicate fabrics with the muted palette, such as dusty pink, a champagnelike "pebble" and a gray she called "smoke," were very romantic.
A charcoal-colored chiffon gown had a deep V-neck front, but it was the very low racer back that made it very sexy.
Wang said in her notes that she was aiming for "grace, romance and effortless style."