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Vera Wang: Plain and fancy

The fall 2011 collection of designer Vera Wang

The fall 2011 collection of designer Vera Wang is modeled during Fashion Week in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) Credit: AP Photo/Richard Drew

American ease met English aristocracy at Vera Wang in a mostly casual luxe collection where coats were standout --quilted satin scubas, sleeveless jackets --some artfully framed in leather and fox.

Street smart colors like pebble, stone, putty, black, charcoal grounded the collection with a few, unexpected pops of mustard, loden and cardamom.

The dresses were dreamy, long, loose affairs with drop waists and intricate pleating but not a bit frou-frou. Sheer racerbacks were almost risqué, a few frocks sported high-low hemlines, some had high gathered necks and low backs, one multi-pleat job was backed by a detachable hood with sable goat trim.

“It was all very Vera,” said Oprah Magazine creative director Adam Glassman. “The dichotomy between fancy and plain, the casual American and the uber-aristocrat.”

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