In fashion as elsewhere in life, balance can be difficult to achieve. Vera Wang has been up-front about shaping her extremely artful natural aesthetic into commercially savvy clothes. In the collection she showed on Tuesday morning, Wang did so to near perfection.

Core to the challenge: translating the languid lines, offbeat embellishments and sometimes boyish undercurrent she loves into clothes that are body-conscious and modern. For spring, Wang turned to India for inspiration, and came back not with pat literal trappings, but mere suggestions — white cottons, rich embellishments, rich moody colors — which she developed into au courant stunners.

Wang committed to a more obviously body-conscious silhouette than in the past, yet achieved it with looks she kept interesting and on the cusp of eccentric. Wang opened with the whites, including curvy jackets over voluminous skirts, incorporating intricate tonal soutache treatments. These were fresh as could be, but it was with her move into color that Wang soared. Gorgeous deep blue, purple and dark green had a certain mystery.   
These looked plenty charming in short, off-the-shoulder dresses with bell-sleeves, and absolutely mesmerizing in lace sheathes with intensely jeweled medallions at the waist. Balance — and beauty — personified.

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