Vera Wang goes for gold with gilded collection dripping in opulence and luxury

Vera Wang goes for gold with gilded collection dripping in opulence and luxury

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20:30 GMT, 11 September 2012

Vera Wang, a designer synonymous with romance, delivered an ornately embellished spring/summer 2013 collection today that was heavy on luxury, literally.

Tightly wrapped gold dresses walked elegantly next to deep emerald green Chantilly lace, gold beads and sequins adorning each little crevice; while opulent jacquard and baroque featured on puff skirts and high-collar tops.

Dripping fairy tale however, it is to picture these supposedly ready-to-wear clothes stepping off the runway and into the real world.

Opulence abounds: Vera Wang, a designer synonymous with romance, delivered an ornately embellished spring/summer collection today that was heavy on luxury, literally

Opulence abounds: Vera Wang, a designer synonymous with romance, delivered an ornately embellished spring/summer collection today that was heavy on luxury, literally

Opulence abounds: Vera Wang, a designer synonymous with
romance, delivered an ornately embellished spring/summer collection
today that was heavy on luxury, literally

Her run-through, with 37 looks, was almost like watching the designer's own personal rainbow walk by.

Like last season, the show began in white; a punchy blue entered the picture about halfway through, followed by black, a quick flash of striking purple, teal and dark emerald green unfolded more slowly, before citrus was introduced and finally, the pot of gold was found.

Most interesting were her knee-grazing straight leg shorts, a silhouette she has played with fleetingly in the past, but this time around they took front stage in their brilliantly different incarnations.

Guild of gold: Tightly wrapped dresses walked elegantly in Chantilly lace, gold beads and sequins adorning each little crevice; while opulent jacquard and baroque featured on puff skirts and high-collar tops

Guild of gold: Tightly wrapped dresses walked elegantly in Chantilly lace, gold beads and sequins adorning each little crevice; while opulent jacquard and baroque featured on puff skirts and high-collar tops

Guild of gold: Tightly wrapped dresses walked elegantly in Chantilly lace, gold beads and sequins adorning each little crevice; while opulent jacquard and baroque featured on puff skirts and high-collar tops

Gild of gold: Tightly wrapped dresses walked
elegantly in Chantilly lace, gold beads and
sequins adorning each little crevice; while opulent jacquard and baroque
featured on puff skirts and high-collar tops

Luxurious lace: Dripping fairy tale, it is hard to picture these ready-to-wear clothes stepping off the runway and into the real world, unless that world includes next year's awards ceremonies

Luxurious lace: Dripping in fairy tale, it is hard to picture Ms Wang's ready-to-wear clothes stepping off the runway and into the real world, unless that world includes next year's awards ceremonies

Luxurious lace: Dripping in fairy tale, it is hard to
picture Ms Wang's ready-to-wear clothes stepping off the runway
and into the real world, unless that world includes next year's awards ceremonies

There were the black lace pair, the
psychedelic citrus printed pair, the forest green and gold jacquard
pair, and then the fresh and sunshine crisp white pair.

Keeping the attention on the legs,
the designer kept her shorter dresses, many with micro hemlines, balanced with a longer outer layer of of sheer lace.

The addition of a see through hemline ensured that her more youthful dresses teetered delicately on an edge of ladylike cool. Not
quite a mini dress, but not too demure either.

Colour therapy: Her run-through, with 37 looks, was almost like watching the designer's own personal jewel-hued rainbow walk by

Colour therapy: Her run-through, with 37 looks, was almost like watching the designer's own personal jewel-hued rainbow walk by

Wasited: The designer weaved in the Indian sensibility of her fabrics with distinctly different silhouettes at times, like the almost Victorian nipped-in waists (left) and then low-slung, loser lines (right)

Wasited: The designer weaved in the Indian sensibility of her fabrics with distinctly different silhouettes at times, like the almost Victorian nipped-in waists (left) and then low-slung, loser lines (right)

Wasited: The designer weaved in the Indian sensibility of her
fabrics with distinctly different silhouettes at times, like the almost Victorian nipped-in waists (left) and then low-slung, loser lines (right)

Legging it: Keeping the attention on the legs, the designer kept her shorter dresses, many with micro hemlines, balanced with a longer outer layer of of sheer lace

Legging it: Keeping the attention on the legs, the designer kept her shorter dresses, many with micro hemlines, balanced with a longer outer layer of of sheer lace

Legging it: Keeping the attention on the legs, the designer kept her shorter dresses, many with micro hemlines, balanced with a longer outer layer of of sheer lace

Weaving the Indian sensibility of her
fabrics with sometimes Victorian silhouettes, it seemed pivotal that
the models' hair was kept of their shoulders. Birds-nest beehives added
the tousle that some of the clothes needed.

The decedent nature of her collection will no doubt put Vera Wang firmly on the award season map next year, but nothing new there.

One new contender for the designer's affections however appeared to be sitting front row. And eagle-eyed Stacey Keibler watched the show with fascination and awe in the Lincoln center venue.

George Clooney's other half then tweeted after the show: 'Wow, @VeraWangGang killed
it on the runway! I was blown away and can't wait to get into some of
those pieces!!'

Feminine vs masculine: Although her collection was a dress heavy one, she added a few long-lined flared pants, equally as decedent as her dresses

Feminine vs masculine: Although her collection was a dress heavy one, she added a few long-lined flared pants, equally as decedent as her dresses

Feminine vs masculine: Although her collection was a dress heavy one, she added a few long-lined flared pants, equally as decedent as her dresses

Most interesting were her knee-grazing straight leg shorts, a silhouette she has played with fleetingly in the past, but this time around they took front stage in their brilliantly different incarnations.

Short stories: Most interesting were her knee-grazing straight leg shorts, a silhouette she has played with fleetingly in the past, but this time around they took front stage in lace (pictured), jacquard and baroque

Round of applause: The decedent nature of her collection will no doubt put Vera Wang firmly on the award season map next year, but there's nothing new there

Round of applause: The decedent nature of her collection will no doubt put Vera Wang firmly on the award season map next year, but there's nothing new there