Runway News

VERA WANG SPRING 2009

AP Fashion Writer, New York

Vera Wang added some shine to New York Fashion Week on Thursday morning with mirrored-tile embellishment on stunning dresses and tops, as well as gleaming, chunky beaded motorcycle belts and bib necklaces.

A topaz-colored crystal necklace made special an otherwise understated – yet elegant – celedon organza T-shirt over a black pleated skirt.

Another noteworthy outfit was a black short-sleeve jacket worn open over a gray organza dress that used tiles to mimic broken glass.

The opening look, a sheer taupe-over-orange pleated dress with a coral-mosiac neckline, was another winner.

Meanwhile, a fashion-forward Hollywood star should skip the glamour-girl strapless gown at the upcoming Emmy Awards and go for one of Wang’s chic slim long dress made of two layers of charcoal and orange organza. Add the aquamarine-crystal belt and you’ve got a guaranteed spot on the best-dressed list.


However, a handful of silhouettes were too billowy at the hip for most women to pull off.

Wang gave the stylists, editors and retailers who are now approaching their saturation point what could be the black dress of the season – a T-shirt silhouette in silk and cotton that could be dressed up, dressed down or worn effortlessly on its own.

She said in her notes that artist Niki de Saint Phalle, who promoted the idea of self discovery through art, was her inspiration.

"Architectural, yet feminine, playful yet sophisticated, this collection reflects the optimism and orchestrated cacophony that defined Niki de Saint Phalle," Wang, who studied art history before becoming a fashion designer, wrote.

Photos courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.