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Vera Wang Fall 2014: Dark dames

A model walks the runway at the Vera

A model walks the runway at the Vera Wang Collection fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 at Dia Center on Feb. 11, 2014, in New York City. Credit: Getty Images / Neilson Barnard

The inspiration: “Dark romance … a hint of mystery … easy allure.” These were the succinct phrases Vera Wang used in her program notes to describe her new collection. We might also add “girlish goth” to the mix.

The vibe: Dark and mysterious. Wang offered a collection for the gal who likes to speak her mind — we loved the scarab sweater with the message "U bug me" — yet still flaunt her feminine side.

The lust-o-meter: We’re loving the tartan-print shirts and dresses done up in long, flowing chiffon. It was a fun change from tartan plaid’s more typical playgrounds — the kilt or heavy wool coat. Look for glistening beaded tanks and evening wear, even a dash of gold lamé. Fur lovers will go for the haircalf tee or the raccoon vests. Pumps were sky-high platforms worn with plaid socks and necklaces featured long silver strands tangled with insects. (Unique, but clearly for a small subset of her customers.)

The…huh? A haircalf coat with long-haired goat sleeves struck an odd proportion and seemed … well, a little too Sasquatch-y, but that’s just us.

Our take: Some of the fur could use a trim, but the chiffon pieces have grace and vitality.


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