Designer: Vera Wang
Location: The Stage at Lincoln Center
Crowd: Madeleine Albright, Kim Kardashian (who got married in a Wang wedding dress), Lauren Santo Domingo, Rachel Roy, Beyoncé and Solange Knowles, Rachel Feinstein, Suzy Menkes.
Inspiration: Alice in Wonderland.
First Impressions: Exploring the juxtaposition of fluid and structured pieces with an emphasis on finishings, Wang jumped on spring's color bandwagon with swirling shades of yellow, mint, magenta and indigo, while her trippy prints were inspired by a distorted 18th century French wallpaper pattern, which gave the short-in-front, long-in-back gowns an otherworldly effect. While it was great to see Wang experimenting with color and silhouette, there was a lot going on here and it was hard to envision how many of these looks would transition from the runway to, well, Kim Kardashian—or any non-storybook woman's—closet.
Standout Piece(s): That said, the white piqué peplum coat that opened the show pushed the sartorial envelope without being too outré. Ditto a charcoal tailored vest worn with a matching perforated corset and mini. And a pair of psychedelic print cutaway gowns—one in shades of white and yellow, the other in indigo with a plunging v-cutout—were mesmerizingly beautiful.