Vera Wang Spring 2012 Review

vera wang Spring 2012 runway

Photos: Imaxtree

Looks from the Vera Wang Spring 2012 collection

Show: Vera Wang

Theme: Alice in Wonderland

Accessories: Sexy, strappy, sky-high platforms by Vera Wang Lavender

Hair: Orlando Pita for By Byron

Makeup: Lucia Pieroni for Clé de Peau

Overall takeaway: Alice in Wonderland and 18th century wallpaper prints served as inspiration points for Vera Wang's conceptual Spring collection.

For a designer who cuts quite a fairy tale wedding dress, Vera Wang can get downright dark when it comes to her ready-to-wear collections. After a moody fall collection, Wang took her spring inspiration from one of the most fantastical children’s classics, Alice in Wonderland.

The silhouettes were severe: a super-skinny leg, a peplum at the waist, a sheer, fluttery skirt cut short in the front, and, for a slightly red-riding-hood touch, plenty of vests and mackintosh-style jackets with hoods.

Though the collection opened with layers of sheer whites, color was soon introduced in the form of swirling “psychedelic” prints, first just on a peplum but soon in head-to-toe ensembles. Tiny, almost precious details abounded: a pattern in silk chiffon’s eyelet, a tiny bow at the peplum belt, a crisscross-collar topper that fastened at the neck—maybe it was the ticking clock that served as the show’s soundtrack, but it was all a bit unsettling in context. Shocks of color came in a few bright yellow, deep violet, and magenta pieces, but the majority of the collection was in pale neutrals with a sprinkling of pastels in sweet pink and minty green.

It was hard to see any of the looks making the transition to a red carpet, which is where, like bridal, Wang does much of her business, but it's fascinating to see where Wang’s imagination takes her when commercial is not the objective.