Vera Wang’s India-inspired clothes were quiet, delicate and lovely, sometimes requiring a trained eye to notice Wang’s nod to the Nehru collar or choli jacket. They invoked India without ornate trappings or touristy gimmicks.
For the past five days, the chatter at New York Fashion Week has been about softening the edges, but Marc Jacobs changed the conversation – as he often does – after going graphic. Black-and-white stripes followed by red stripes, tan stripes and more black-and-white stripes came rapid fire down the runway.
The audience at Alexander Wang is trained to know the best is coming last. The mostly inventive black-and-white, pieced-leather looks that filled the first part of Saturday’s show would have held Wang’s place as one of the princes of cool. There were sporty parkas, tops inspired by hockey jerseys and even some more refined halter dresses.
The Vera Wang Spring 2013 collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)