This year at New York Fashion Week Vera Wang brought some whimsy to the runway with her Alice in Wonderland inspired Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear collection. For this collection, Wang applied antique inspiration to modern tailoring and design. With impeccable taste. The fabric, color, and tailoring choices combined created a bold yet elegant collection.
Fabrics were at the forefront for Wang’s runway show with overwhelming texture. The show was filled with perforated pique, organza, tulle, seemingly weightless chiffon, and oversize eyelet. The movement of each piece on the runway gives homage to the quality of fabric. Wang’s collection was brimming with sheer style, but we’re not disapproving! The designer focused on “tailoring and transparency” for her Spring collection.
Wang began the show with eleven purely white pieces, yet kept the eye engaged with fabric choices including organza and eyelet. The remaining colors of Wang’s spring collection included neon yellow, pewter, slate gray, sea foam blue, pale pink, and pops of bright coral and brilliant blue. While the designer remained mainly monochromatic she did include one super psychedelic print, inspired by 18th century French wallpaper, invigorated with bold coloring.
Wang’s designs replicated whimsical creatures gliding out of the water in colors pertaining to an underwater submarine excursion. Structured peplum skirts, cape-like trains from the neckline, and plunging v-necks sprinkled the whimsical collection. Our favorites had to be the very short shorts paired with sleeveless tops, seeming swimwear inspired. Wang’s Spring collection was full of organic lines, plunging hemlines to show some leg, and incorporated elegantly flowing trains.
Some runway pieces transfer flawlessly to ready to wear. While Vera Wang’s 2012 Spring collection on the runway was transparent and whimsical, we have found inspiration for some must-have pieces perfect for our wardrobe. A great example is the flyaway train dress trend, which designers like L*Space Swimwear have also been inspired by with styles like the Camilla Dress. Vera’s strapless dress with a front slit to the bodice and a lightweight, flyaway train transpires beautifully on the runway while L*Space’s floral printed Camilla Dress in a similar silhouette is a perfect cover up for your vacation getaway. Both feature sophisticated sheer fabrics which float effortlessly with each step.
We also love transmitting Wang’s organic lines of her runway collection into monokini swimsuits. Maaji Swimwear follows this trend with the Violet Submarine, an exclusive style made especially for The Orchid Boutique, features curved side cut outs, neckline, and fabric blocking. These organic lines are similar to those used for Wang’s white tank sleeved dress with a tapered scoop neckline, curved sheer paneling and curved layered hemlines. We love these looks because the organic lines make your body appear longer and leaner- certainly a must-have for every woman’s wardrobe.