Vera Wang Fall/Winter 2019RTW – NYFW
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is synonymous with incredible bridal wear, many brides dream of Vera Wang even before they are engaged. This season, theVera Wang bridal spring 2019 collectionis edgy and different, just another evolution of fashion, this time for brides and not the least bit regrettable apparently.
Some of the looks are a severe push away from the expectations of wedding gowns and bridal wear, though if a designer is going to push your aesthetic on your big day, who better than Vera Wang? We know she takes her clienteles desires and preferences to task, pushing them to be more while still providing a wearable option that elevates how you look on your special day. That is what every bride wants – to look memorable and that is a goal easily achieved with a Vera Wang bridal option.
Vera Wang described her intentions and the desire to create a stunning fusion between ready-to-wear clothes and bridal options. She said: “I’ve wanted that, I’ve wanted that forever, but we have 24 stores globally now with very different clients. Because of that, we really have to satisfy a lot of needs and they aren’t purely inspirational or artistic. Each culture seems to have a different kind of bride.”
Though she appears to have taken the tastes of her variety of clientele to heart, she is also clearly intent on pushing the envelope – something Vera Wang has been very good at, for a very long time. The results – seen in the Vera Wang spring 2019 bridal collection – are beautiful in their own way, ranging from awe-inspiring to intriguing, with a marked difference from anything else out right now.
Though the designs are different, none of the bridal options is so far away from the tastes of her clientele that the collection would have to rely on the Vera Wang name alone. There are elements of romance, touches of chicness and interesting anecdotes clearly visible in each and every gown. Some, however, shine much more brightly than others.
The elongated sleeves from her previous collection seem to have carried over, the aesthetic not leaving her design style yet, but rather being incorporated into other silhouettes. The styling on the models does nothing to aid the looks, but accessorized right, the majority of these gowns will be knockouts.
The element of ready-to-wear that is incorporated into the collection is obvious and adds another note to the aesthetic. The edgier aesthetic elements are not easy to miss, and could clearly be accentuated with the right piece of jewelry, a touch of body makeup or clever undergarments. One thing is for certain – you do not have to worry about looking like anyone else on your wedding day in one of these gowns.
Photos courtesy of Vogue
TheVera Wang fall/winter 2019 ready-to-wear collectionshowed in Paris this week rather than at New York Fashion Week as many expected until they heard of the award. Vera Wang was named Chevalier of Frances National Order of the Legion of Honor. In response Vera Wang designed a collection and paid homage to Paris while showing her collection during Paris Fashion Week.
The Vera Wang fall 2019 collection had a variety of looks, silhouettes and interesting aesthetics and was released as a fashion video that showed off her creations on her social media channels and website. The video was timed so that it was released during the ceremony honoring her as the Chevalier of France’s National Order of the Legion of Honor, the highest honor a civilian can achieve.
As such the reveal was not a surprise – all of it was French themed, but being knighted by the French it is understandable why she did this. In the beginning of the video presentation, the screen opens on Vera sitting in a Louis XVI chair in a typically gilded Parisian Salon. During the video reveal of the collection, Vera could be heard in a voiceover saying: “It was Paris from the start that formed me, embraced me and ultimately saved me.”
It was an interesting, though open-ended statement as no one had a clue what she was referencing being saved from and she did not elaborate. Onward the collection continued with a nice blend of Parisian history and drama with her own dark and slightly gothic themed and Victorian tinged romantic aesthetic.
She covered all bases in her designs with very obvious ‘French inspired touches’. Very Wang had the clever idea to embroider Vs in the way that Napoleon I had placed Ns on his wardrobe. As the Vera Wang fall 2019 collection progressed, it was clear that Vera was inspired quite a bit by Napoleon and his wife and that she used this inspiration to blur the lines on the masculine and feminine aesthetics while still providing the melodramatic ‘pomp and circumstance’ with her embellishments.
In one of the nearby districts, called Arrondissements, Vera Wang’s fall/winter 2019-18 collection was already hanging from sales racks in a showroom. The versatility of the collection is not to be overlooked; it is quite an interesting collection with its uncharacteristic silhouettes in some ensembles and floor-length and train-dragging drama in others.
The gold lame looked like it was just dripping in a very luxe way to cover the model and her immediate surroundings. As has been the case with a few of her collections in recent seasons, Very decided to include overly long sleeves in this lineup as well, a sign that she really enjoyed them and that they will remain in fashion for a bit longer.
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Although 2019 is not over yet, we already have exciting news for the upcoming fashion season. It has been confirmed that Vera Wang will skip her New York Fashion Week fall 2019 runway show, to receive the prestigious Legion of Honor in Paris, in February 2019.
“This is definitely one of the major highlights of my life, my fashion life,” Wang said. “This, and the lifetime achievement award from the CFDA,” Vera Wang told , revealing also the main motif behind her highly awaited fall 2019 collection that is, needless to say, Paris.
“It will be a bit of an ode to Paris,” Wang continued. “The biggest issue: Do I let the geography be the focus of the collection, do I base it on Paris, the history, or do I let it be my own imagination — my next collection but with a French accent? Those things are influencing me on that choice of director and art director. […] Probably, I would call myself the art director. Because it is really my story.”
Although not scheduled to be presented during NWFW in February, Vera Wang’s fall 2019 proposals are going to be unveiled exclusively online, in a very unique, one-of-a-kind formula, namely a short video. The show releases on February 28th and, as far as we know, Wang extremely enjoyed the idea, meaning we may even get more runway show videos in the future.
With the NYFW schedules being so busy and frenetic (it features more than 300 runway shows), and short fashion movies being all the rage now (just think Burberry’s experience!), we do get why Vera Wang opted to celebrate both her fall 2019 collection and Legion of Honor achievement in a more ‘intimate’ way.
“Part of the frustrating thing for me in New York, the calendar is so full now that it’s insane to try to get models and hair and makeup. It’s a battle royale for everybody – stylists, model agencies – everybody is just crammed in. The other part that has troubled me — not anything against the CFDA, because I have supported it – but there aren’t that many locations available. That’s a limitation when you’re trying to express a point of view, or you have a certain kind of girl in your brain, or guy in your brain,” Wang told .
As for the prestigious award – Chevalier of France’s National Order of the Legion of Honor, Vera Wang will be awarded by longtime friend and France’s ambassador to the United States, Gérard Araud during a luncheon, the place and time of which are yet to be set. What we do know is that the presentation’s date coincides with the opening runway shows in Paris.
As of now, Vera Wang’s fall 2019 runway show is not the only one that is skipping NWFW. Such news comes, in fact, a few days after Hugo Boss’ cancellation from the NYFW schedule due to “strategic steps to orient its creation, marketing and communication activities more pointedly towards menswear”.
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TheVera Wang fall 2019 bridal collectionis a definite departure from her last few collections, though not less romantic in any way. The soft, floating silhouettes still molded to the shape of the models in a way that feels very much like a fairy tale in some of the looks.
The first eight looks are very ‘emo wears white’, which may seem like a contradiction, but one look at the longer than effective sleeves and the open dropped shoulders and the contradiction seems real. The sleeves were not a surprise, however, as they made several appearances on Vera Wang’s spring collection runway, though in the expectedly dark colors and with the same off-the-shoulder and drop shoulder appearances. In this medium, however, it looks fit; it is just a jarring addition.
The aesthetic Vera Wang was aiming for with her fall 2019 bridal collection was ‘youthful’ and while she has certainly hit the mark on the target age, the sleeves are a hit or a miss that will benefit highly from the Vera Wang label. The second look is a full-on stunning wedding gown that is very reminiscent of a fairytale, though the dress should only be worn by the brave. The gauzy, weightless appearance of the dress appears nearly inconceivably delicate.
Look three is more substantial, with a draped neckline and draped off-the-shoulder accents and again with the exaggerated long sleeves. Looks 4, 12, 13 and 14 are a testament to beautiful construction, though the last look of the collection is the epitome of sultry take on a romantic medieval dress. The seriously deep V-shaped neckline is not for the faint of heart and the sheen of the material is a definite boon to the overall look and it is one of my personal favorites from Vera Wang’s fall 2019 bridal collection.
The perceived youthful aesthetic of the collection does not rely only upon the sleeves thankfully and though some of them are a go – without a bouquet I am guessing – they all feature a delicate tactility. These dresses are each very unique, with the best option in my opinion being the lace overlaid mermaid gown with high neckline of sheer large floral lace that travels beautifully up the neck and stands out on the model’s skin.
While the messy styling and fishtail braids were not the best option for a bridal collection, even one as adjusted and leaning out the box as this collection was, the styling did complement the gowns in a very original way. I think it will be a long time before mermaid gowns are out of style and this gown with the plunging V-shaped sweetheart neckline was a perfect example of just the perfect amount of too much.
Photos courtesy of WWD
TheVera Wang spring/summer 2019 collectionjust gave the New York Fashion Week its sultriest turn, with staples artfully arranged to deconstruct the figures, giving a jocose confidence to those who are wearing them.
Vera Wang, who began her career designing wedding dresses, is no stranger when it comes to creating figures that enhance any woman’s silhouette, and we, of course, were not surprised to see how skillfully and harmoniously she managed to combine her signature sensual appeal with a more mysterious, sub-urban attitude. In the process, she even managed to serve us an element of surprise we are already fond of: a sort ofgrunge meets the Victorian erastyle.
Just like many designers, Vera Wang also gave us something neither too familiar nor too new, as she did focus on her signature black and white patterns, yet translating them to a more grunge-inspired, Nineties-approved sort of clothing line.
This Vera Wang spring/summer 2019 ready-to-wear collection is heaven on earth for those who are waiting for next spring and summer to rock their grungiest looks, especially if refined by Wang’s signature urban-chic influences.
The collection is, in fact, not entirely Nineties-infused, as the former senior fashion editor at Vogue decided to inject a little scent of Eighties and Victorian fashion to her brand new collection as well. Along with white crop-tops, slip dresses and oversized t-shirt dresses, Vera Wang revamped the line-up with puffed-up shoulders, peplum cuts and intricate beaded embroideries, the delicacy and flirty geometries of which really are at the core of Vera Wang’s way of modernizing ‘simple’ staples.
Vera Wang’s woman takes plain simple garments and turns them into something special and somehow fancy, not only thanks to the designer’s thoughtful approach to the proportions, but also due to her visionary idea of reappropriating old figures just to turn them into something completely different and more sensual.
In the process, she even managed to turn sporty pieces such as hoodies, tees and short shorts, into something that transcends athleisure and is closer to street style. Her sporty-chic pieces exude coziness at its purest, the lines and cuts of which might even be regarded as nothing too perfect, but surely as the key that gives the entire collection a fresh sensuality, which treats us with to new for every day/night.
The Vera Wang spring 2019 collection’s standout feature relies on Wang’s ability to mix her suburban signature style with reminiscences from her personal past, which, as many of you may not know, comprised both fashion and sports.
Before venturing into the fashion industry, Wang was a figure skater, a profession that not only allowed her to experience the sport’s discipline and hard work, but also gave her a clear idea about what sports-friendly meant. For her spring/summer 2019 RTW, she might surely not have been bothered with experimenting with colors, but was when it comes to coziness and fluidity.
“The Color Purple” actress Cynthia Erivo, who was sitting on the front row alongside Simone Biles and Chloe Sevigny, loved and described the collection as being “just on the edge of risqué,” and we honestly couldn’t agree more!
Photos courtesy of Vogue
When it comes to second to none bridal panoply, the American fashion designer Vera Wang keeps all extravagant brides under her thumb. Her outré designs, at times even utilizing high dozes of scandalous transparency, are among the much-anticipated samples by those who have a nuptial ceremony in the cards or who just have a yen for reveling in utmost sophistication and finesse. TheVera Wang spring 2019 bridal collectionalready unveiled brings in just another dose of pulchritude again full of fragile tulle, organza, lace, pearls, ruffles – in a nutshell, all that reads delicacy and subtlety.
While other bridal designers bring their collections into open in front of the audiences with a range of brides alternating each other on the runway, Vera Wang discards jumping on the bandwagon, rather preferring to apply her creations in a film to show them in action meandering through real life avenues. For already three seasons in a row Vera Wang exposes her vision over bridal beauty through short films.
After displaying French grandeur (Chasing Alix) and Spanish passion (Hotel Madrid) the previous two seasons along, this time around the bridal beauty connoisseur embarks on revealing the restraint of the British monarchy and the grandeur of English aristocracy via Désir à L’Anglaise film directed by Gordon von Steiner. The film shows well-heeled lofty brides flaunting through English gardens decked out into some voluminous ball gowns – the full atmosphere raising utmost drama within us.
The Vera Wang spring 2019 bridal collection is devoid of those black accents that we were so enthused to see in the fall 2019 collection, painted all white and showing only one blackness on a pair of lace-up gladiator high-heeled sandals surprisingly matched with a fragile flaring gown. Full skirts with long ground-sweeping trains are playing the first fiddle but it is definitely not the skirt theme that makes us saucer-eyed but the Shakespeare-style ruff collars worked out of delicate tulle and sometimes even reaching so high as to cover the brides’ pout.
No matter how persistently Vera Wang tries to drench her spring 2019 collection with English restraint and conservatism, it keeps on protesting against English aristocracy postulates. And we see a range of signs of the rebellious souls. That scarcely palpable free falling lace dress with a bejeweled belt around the waist mysteriously shows off legs, another one with a heart-shaped bustier and a ruff collar exposes an intriguing sky-high center slit, while those diaphanous corsets entirely revealing the boning technique and infused with some boudoir accents are truly far cry from anything discreet or conservative. And when an Aztec-style feathered headwear, a lace mysterious mask or unique cornrow braids come to arena that drums up anti-English devilish vibes, for sure.
Yes, Vera Wang’s provocative teasers “Courtly Love, Modern Grandeur, Sheer Seduction, Secret Rendezvous, Silent Signals, Day for Night, Gardens of Regal Delights” are from stem to stern elucidating her majestic bridal collection with provocative winks in between.
Photos courtesy of Vogue
Whenever a new Vera Wang collection is announced, black is to be expected. Overall, the lines don’t deviate much from this color, save for a few looks of a bright color, or white pieces spread out. For theVera Wang fall/winter 2019-17 ready-to-wear line, however, the designer had a segment of airy olive and purple apparel in store for viewers. Those who attended the New York Fashion Week showing were greeted by the signature black looks that were to be expected, but exactly halfway through, the olive pieces began to appear, and continued on to finish out the line.
The collection started out with a wow moment right off the bat, with a strappy bibbed top paired with a high-slit, floor-sweeping skirt, and finished off with an edgy double-belt. The look was created in classic Vera Wang style, with the dark color scheme matching the daring garment. It also showed the beginnings of the themes that arose due to the sources of inspiration Wang chose to base this collection from.
She looked to Swiss artist and printmaker Alberto Giacometti to inspire her sweeping looks, and then all the way to the garb worn by fencers to inspire the various shapes embedded within the collection. It seems like a random duo for inspiration, but the result was a demure glamour that maintained a great deal of strength, while still being an overtly feminine commercial line.
The vests in the collection were particularly well-executed, as the finished garments were fit perfectly to the models’ bodies, and it is easy to envision nearly any shade of a long-sleeved shirt paired with it. Adding this herself would have taken away from the monochromatic vibe of the first half of the collection, so Wang opted to leave that much up to the imagination of the viewer – although without an undershirt the vest is still quite striking and memorable, so perhaps it will be seen in the next season with and without.
The shoes were certainly a curious oddity in the Vera Wang fall 2019 collection. For such a slight structure on top, the platform appeared to be astronomical. This was a distracting feature of the collection, although it’s surely an aspect that will get people talking – you can’t easily forget a shoe that insane! They were especially anomalistic when paired with shorts in the line. They weren’t an outright unattractive addition to the collection, although they did take the attention away from the clothes in certain outfits more than others.
The runway show’s finale was all about the color, however. Looks in varying shades of olive were sent down the runway, before a purple hue was briefly introduced in a look that slightly resembled something straight out of Star Wars. The sheer fabrics might not be the most practical against the chilly fall/winter temperatures, but the extra-bulky fur coats more than make up for that heat loss. The final pieces in this collection turned to sparkle and shine, in a way that was rather unprecedented among the others clothes. Although their simplicity paired with the sequins would make for a stunning moment at an evening event.
Models looked intense and noble yet aloof as they walked the catwalk, perfectly epitomizing the concept of the strong fencing theme. They were styled with a strong, masculine eyebrow and simple hair, parted right down the middle. This helped the construction in the garments to stand out, and also added to the strength and intensity of the looks and their inspirations.
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