NEW YORK (AP) — Every so often, there is moment when the runway is transported from the bustle of New York Fashion Week to somewhere else, and Vera Wang took her audience to an idealized India at her spring preview Tuesday morning.
It's not that the clothes were costume-y; they were without ornate trappings or touristy gimmicks. The clothes were quiet, delicate and lovely, sometimes requiring a trained eye to notice Wang's nod to the Nehru collar or choli jacket, but Wang's show at Lincoln Center draws the sophisticated A-list crowd.
They could appreciate the soutache embroidery, which looks a bit like braided lace, that decorated a white sleeveless V-neck shift, and the chartreuse brocade peplum top with gold jeweled epaulettes paired with a chantilly hand-pieced lace sheath.
The collarless sleeveless tailored jackets were a bit more obvious in their reference to India, but not too much so.
"The collection is out of India, but India is just the starting point," Wang said in a backstage interview. "There is no belly dancing, there are no sarongs, there are no saris. It is about the sort of discipline about Indian men's clothes like Nehru, against the mystery and sensuality of Indian women — but not literally."
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