With NYFW in full swing, Vera Wang’s Fall Winter 2020 collection walked gracefully through the James B. Duke House (a beautiful mansion) two days ago. In true Wang fashion, the collection was a combination of black edge and whimsical grace. Black shorts, tall socks, platforms, and a hint of pastel tulle trailed behind each model as they walked the runway that weaved in and out of three different rooms.
Wang has always stuck to a certain aesthetic and each collection is a tweaked interpretation of the one before. That might sound like a slight, but I think it’s something to applaud. She knows who she is.
Here are a few looks from Vera Wang FW20:
Check out the complete collection here: https://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/fall-2020-ready-to-wear/vera-wang/slideshow/collection
Here is the video of the show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbNlo8Uc2JE
After checking out Wang’s FW20 show, I went on a deep dive of her other shows from years past and came across Spring Summer 2018. During this time in 2017, a lot of the designers used fashion week to communicate messages like those from the hit television show, The Handmaid’s Tale, and that included Vera Wang.
In an interview with Vogue, Wang explained she had binged the popular series, along with so many others, and something struck a nerve.
“The loss of any personal freedom, the fear of retribution, the cruelty of forcing women to be so stratified and categorized, and most of all having to obliterate their pasts and their identities is something so profoundly troubling,” Wang said in a statement. “For the collection,” she continued, “control ultimately begets self-expression.”
Wang’s collection made a statement because it took the context of The Handmaid’s Tale and recreated its wardrobe. Although the collection was not as modest as the billowing robes and formless dresses displayed in the actual show, the color choices and depressive dystopian energy that comes out through the designs are strong.
Here are a few looks from Vera Wang’s SS18 collection:
To see all the looks from Wang’s SS18 collection, check them out here: https://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/spring-2018-ready-to-wear/vera-wang/slideshow/collection#26