Vera Wang makes it all Black and White

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It’s my belief that Vera Wang chose to revisit her school days, namely art class, to craft her AW13 collection as big, block geometric shapes pieced together to form eclectic shifts with deep pockets, silken tops with articulated wing-like arms and origami-esque wraparound satin dresses.

Oversize cape collars adorning coats and jackets, longer than long white gloves and floral embroidery continued the monochrome styling as a decadent, yet conservative fur stole partnered with a printed and sequinned shift. Wang delivered an aesthetic that was desirable, sensuous and textured infusing her muted colour palette with surprising shapes and adornments of snakeskin, more sequins and a kimono-style dress.

Working from a classic foundation, Wang allowed her creativity to roam free transforming a peplum tunic, sequinned mini and yard of black sheath material into one extraordinary number, while a fur jacket found refuge with ankle-skimming pencil trousers and a veil of sheer black wafting in its wake. A shift made entirely from fur offered an innovative take on Winter dressing and Little Red Riding Hood was given a vampy makeover courtesy of a black cape paired with sequinned tunic and printed trousers.

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