“Is it high day or low evening?” was the question posed by Vera Wang at her pre-fall appointment. The answer depends on one’s definition of day and evening attire. Neither were casual in this case: The day clothes were decked to the nines in opulent fabrics, such as floral jacquards and guipure, with special details and often accented with long gloves, fur and ample costume jewels affixed to big black grosgrain bows. Wang stated her recommitment to the costume jewelry that was a big part of her look a few seasons ago.
She reworked the classic tuxedo in blouses and cropped pants with beaded stripes and cuffs cut with a neat sporty curve. Jackets came in wrap and cutaway versions with embellished pockets and volume at the hips, while little shift dresses followed a narrow line with harness and draped details in back. Everything was infused with an artful opulence heightened by the moody jewel tones and plenty of black, too.