NEW YORK — Sparkling beads and sequins are usually thought of as evening details, but, in the right hands, they can be equally effective for day. Vera Wang, for example, who knows a thing or two about creating fab evening dresses, also used these trimmings for daytime this fall. She added beaded cashmere swags to a Russian broadtail cape, pants and a skirt, while simple, almost severe, dresses were given glistening beadwork. Here, one of the last: her mandarin-collared, wool crepe coatdress.

This story first appeared in the February 26, 2003 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.