“Opposites…are revealed in grey [sic].” Anyone taking program notes seriously was confused, as where was the statement-making gray? At best, it was mixed in with plenty of black, vibrant orange and that pretty pinky-beige formerly known as nude.
While the black-white fusion motif didn’t register, Wang’s reconciliation of opposites did, handled with considerable élan. If last season’s lovely transparencies offered nothing practical to wear, this season Wang seemed determined to telegraph a measure of practicality. She thus continued with her sheer, artful configurations but paired them with impressive outerwear, opening with several in beige wool melton and, yes, moving on to charcoal. These ranged from a sporty, big-collared sleeveless coat to a more feminine cape jacket. Another obvious contrast: flashes of vibrant tangerine in concert with pale chiffons.
Hard and soft met, too, in Dutch blue chiffon and organza gowns with crystal mesh embellishments and, more conceptually, graphic architectural prints on languid silks. While some of these had too much going on — the looks with the peculiar abdominal froth, for example — others did indeed suggest the fusion of strength and gentility.