You know a trend has staying power when the most unexpected designers begin to embrace it, and that is what’s happening with the unlikely relationship between grunge and Vera Wang for Fall/Winter 2014. It’s actually exciting to see Wang embrace a counter-cultural aesthetic, especially when her signature polish can be called upon to keep the looks sophisticated no matter how attitudinal they get.
It’s exciting to see Vera Wang embrace a counter-cultural aesthetic.
The presentation begins with a noir take on schoolgirl twee, with a bossy black coat slung over the shoulders of a plaid-clad model. It doesn’t take long for twee to bite back; on Look 2 Wang sends a sweater embroidered with the concisely chilly message “You Bug Me” across the front. Next come textured snakeskin jackets, oversized argyle knit sweaters, major leather gloves, and mixed-pattern layering. The results are more diffuse than directly grunge. Wang is doing rock ‘n’ roll here too, and maybe even a little bit of WASP-y prep styling as well. Not that it matters; you don’t have to identify with any of those labels to fall in love with her enormous flannel trousers, breezy skirts, and sheer gown overlays. The dark romanticism of this collection is too pretty and fetching to ward us off with notions of maudlin attitude.
Photos: Courtesy of GoRunway