Vera Wang could not have anticipated while designing her beautifully moody spring collection just how poignant its gentle aura would prove.
Wang's father died early on Thursday with her at his bedside. At one in the morning, she got the call that he was failing, and rushed from her Park Avenue apartment to Southampton just in time. She then returned to the city to present her show. "He waited for me," she said backstage.
C.C. Wang died knowing that his unspoiled, hard-working daughter is at the top of her game and now a major force in ready-to-wear. After finally signing the Kohl's deal - through which she will realize her long-standing goal of designing for the masses - Wang sent a dazzling reminder, lest anyone had wondered, that she has no intetnion of relinquishing her post at the upper reaches of fashion's high-low split.
All their mesmerizing delicacy aside, these clothes screamed highfalutin as Wang delivered both poetic reverie and creative manifesto; while once she merely dabbled in artsy, she now lays claim to a boldly artful aesthetic.
Continuing from resort, she pilfered elements from a dancer's wardrobe - cozy sweaters, undershirts, warm-up pants, practice dresses - and crossed them with geisha gear in volume, kimono shapes and stiffened fabrics, all in a dreamily subdued palette.
And she beaded, bunched, layered, ruffled and ruched with a lightness seemingly impossible with so much going on. A zippered cashmere cardigan slid off the shoulder over a frothy blush organza dress and chiffon pants; a pair of ceremonial dresses came in layers, the outer kimono hand-painted with dramatic strokes of blue.
Evening saw masterful gowns in crinkled chiffon and washed gold lame worn with the ease of an old robe.
It was all magnificent and poised, as was Wang's emotional bow.
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Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
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The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion