NEW YORK — Now that she’s dressed some of Hollywood’s leading ladies for the Oscars, as well as skating star Nancy Kerrigan, Vera Wang is giving the rest of the world a chance to look glamorous. Her first full-scale ready-to-wear collection will be in specialty and department stores for fall 1994.
“I think my customer wants minimal clothes for evening,” says Wang, “yet they should also be intricately designed and glamorous.” The designer is taking the plunge after her initial effort — a small collection for Barneys New York — met with great commercial success last year.
Many of the designs in the 65-piece line include her signature sexy stretch illusion sleeves, backs or midriffs, but she breaks new ground with a lot of little pieces that are meant to be layered. For example, velvet vests top a light-as-air chiffon slip dress or a delicate chiffon T-shirt and big silk taffeta skirt combination. There are also bodysuits in stretch illusion or jersey, skater skirts in lamÄ, cut velvet or wool with tuxedo stripes, and lamÄ bib tops.
Wholesale prices are $150 to $450 for separates, $450 to $750 for dresses and $600 to $1,500 for gowns. Barneys has already committed to building a 500-square-foot Vera Wang shop for the collection, and I. Magnin, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue have also expressed interest.