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.

SEE THE SPRING 2012 RUNWAY COLLECTIONS

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