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Sunday, 30 October 2011

Wicca March

Vera Wang is nowadays synonymous to weddings, greatly due to the exquisite couture wedding and bridesmaid gowns she makes. But the Chinese American fashion designer started her career by serving Vogue for 16 years as a senior fashion editor, and left in 1985 after she was turned down for the editor-in-chief position in favor of Anna Wintour. After a 2 year stint as a design director for Ralph Lauren she opened her own design salon that features her trademark bridal gowns.Her clientele ranged from Chelsea Clinton, Avril Lavigne, Victoria Beckham and most recently Kim Kardashian who wore three different gowns from the designer on her wedding day.

Avril Lavigne's wedding dress

  Chelsea Clinton

Wang is the subject of raging debate among runway familiars and fashion fanatics due to the A/W 2012 runways show she recently presented during New York's Bridal Fashion Week. The reason behind it is because out of the 15 dresses she presented, 9 of them were black! Yes black! the same color that is worn in times of mourning.

Why black would you ask? to which the designer replied "I found black to be fresh and tongue-in-cheek, with all the big weddings that happened this year, it was fun to step out of the box."
The black dresses were subject to many discussions, on social media outlets as well as among fashion critics and experts. Looking at pictures of the gowns , I realized what strikes out the most are the details , the work and skills that went into making the gowns. The exposed corsets, the tulle in hues of gray created a very goth look with the designer agreeing "I did take it to a witchy kind of place," but she quickly added "For me, it helped build a sense of mystery that I was hungry for. And it added this sensuality and sexuality, and a little bit of severity, too."

This collection seems to have personal ringing for the New York based designer who states that "No matter what people say, black is very associated with New York" and who wishes she had not worn the traditional white on her wedding day and blamed the conservative bridal industry for it. 

It is hard to understand Vera Wang's dramatic statement; paired up with the models' make up and tasseled tresses it had a very witchy aspect to it all, and clearly brought out a mysterious feel to the show.

For some brides, it might be a way of bringing red carpet glamour to the aisle. whereas for others it might be a statement dress to show their mourning of the loss of their independent status. only time will tell, how successful the dresses will be.

I personally really loved the off white, beige gowns at the beginning of the show and was pleasantly surprised by the black ones. The detailing in the pieces have to be acknowledged and appreciated.

My favorite in the black range

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