Fun with Anna, Grace & Vera

White fox wrap over black Chantilly lace and lavender metallic brocade trouser

Anna and Grace, far left, viewing Vera’s model wearing white fox wrap over black Chantilly lace and lavender metallic brocade trouser

I have a soft spot in my heart for designer Vera Wang and her insouciant glamour. But I think my favorite part of her show this past Tuesday at The Stage at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week was watching American Vogue’s editrix Anna Wintour and creative director Grace Coddington view the show from their front row seats waaay across from me (can I say nosebleed seats pour moi?!).

From the beginning I had to laugh. Prior to the show, fashion outsiders in the row behind my colleague and me (how could they be “insiders?” They didn’t know who Anna Wintour was!) kept a running banter, trying to come up with her name, calling her the Ice Queen, the one who never smiles, the famous one who famously is goaded by one photographer each season to smile front row. And, yes, she is all that. Plus a bag of rice cakes. When they finally figured out her name and stature, I was in silent laughter, elbowing my friend to eavesdrop in on the conversation. When Anna gave a big, unfettered and uncovered yawn waiting for the show to start, my day had been made.

Black wool twill sleeveless jacket with fox cape collar and tweed trouser with metallic brocade yoke

Black wool twill sleeveless jacket with fox cape collar and tweed trouser with metallic brocade yoke

Vera, meanwhile, showed an attention-grabbing collection embracing beautiful texture and color. Sculptural pieces sang of nonchalant sophistication and a modern sensibility. Tangerine or magenta rose-printed jacquards, fuchsia metallic-infused tweeds and chiffon evening floats vied for best in show among details like origami pleating,  peplums, rhinestones and studs. Black, charcoal and stone or white wool and fur added oomph if there was any question of luxuriousness. In fact, there was so much fur in nearly every single collection this season – Vera had about 5 pieces or so – that, I have to say, it kinda turned my stomach. But I won’t go all Peta on ya here and now – I’ll leave that for another post.

Chiffon floral float

Chiffon floral float

In my mind and heart, the printed chiffon and jacquard looks that closed the show were the most beautiful. And the most humane.

Rose printed chiffon evening robes over coordinating jacquard trouser

Rose printed chiffon evening robes over coordinating jacquard trouser

 

2 thoughts on “Fun with Anna, Grace & Vera

  1. Sure! I mean a 2? You sure you’re not a zero at this point???!!! Very pretty, huh?! And are you talking about the pink with the black bustier like top? The Zuzu Kim gown?

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