Fall 2020 Ready to Wear
Photos by Vera Wang
GOTH MEETS FLORAL
A Shakeup on the Vera Wang Runway
Vera Wang was in her gothic element as per usual as her Fall 2020 Ready to Wear collection was shown in the James B. Duke House on Millionaire’s Row in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. There is always something disruptive about a Vera Wang collection, something dark yet hopeful at the same time. She kept the vibe youthful by pairing short tailored shorts draped by light as air chiffon tops in black, grey, yellow, and lavender, injecting light bursts of color throughout the runway. Thigh-high black stockings and chunky black boots accessorized the majority of the looks.
The collection progressed beautifully, if not predictably, until Wang treated us to a surprise series of floral prints. Floral? In a Vera Wang show? For Fall? Ok, now we’re paying attention. First appearing on long-sleeved, skin-tight bodysuits, and then a top and bottom combo with a floor-skimming skirt both in similar but mismatched florals. Of course, this being Vera Wang, she paired a leather harness with the top and wrapped a black faux fur stole around the model’s neck. Romance and darkness; hard and soft, the external flux of the Vera Wang girl.
Once she whet our pallets with those darker floral prints we had an appetite for more, and Wang delivered. A red and yellow print dress followed, capped with sporty accents such as a striped band around the waist and wrists, giving the look an athletic appearance. The florals also appeared in diaphanous little draped bralettes atop billowing empire-waisted skirts. Wang closed out her Fall collection with a series of ruffled tulle pieces, tops and dresses, romantic for sure, yet the leather shoulder strap and black gloves that accompanied the frothy looks made them pure Vera Wang.
Written by Elizabeth Kramsky