Vera Wang | LFW SS 17
“Maybe I’m channeling Chanel?” Vera Wang queried, motioning to the dressing area that, from that specific vantage point, revealed only black, highly constructed, mostly short clothes. Seeing the quizzical look on a backstage interlopers face, she explained: “black and pearls.”
Most likely, Wang was thinking out loud and intended no reference to Chanel throughout her design process (nor could one be found on the runway). If she had, all the better — there’s nothing like an idea that, in its development, goes so far afield from its origin and becomes something else entirely. If in Wang’s mind every sewn-on pearl has its roots on the Rue Cambon, so be it — especially when it achieves its own rich level of intrigue.
In fashion speak, Wang’s perspective is a dark one, literally and figuratively. For spring, she showed in an all-black room, save for a graphic line of white block letters running the length of the runway: “Read Between the Lines.” Asked about it post-show, she offered that the statement referenced “everything going on, not just in fashion but around the world: fashion, politics, entertainment. Everything is in your face, but at same time subtle. It means there is so much more going on than we think.”