The Vera Wang 2004 Fall Collection is about contrasts, particularly the mixture
silhouettes with soft, delicate underpinnings and mixtures of fabrics in different
and tonalities. It also represents a certain nonchalance and bohemian sophistication.
Daytime tweeds, wools, and a mink cashmere blend are paired with sheer prints,
iridescent chiffons, silk tulle and charmeuse.
The "significant" prints of the season consist of a subtle "splatter"
pattern, painterly florals, and a
signature "tweed" in stretch georgette and silk twill.
The color palette ranges from blacks and browns to dusty pales, taupe and nude,
with intense shades of chartreuse, purple and green.
Coats of stiff wools, tweed and "starmist" russian broadtail and swakara
provide texture and
volume while silhouettes are distinctly a-shaped or drop-waisted. Tiny boleros,
coats, and little clutch jackets are conceived of more as sweaters than outerwear
and skirts range
from pencil silhouettes to flirtatious "peasant" flounces or feminine
This season elasticized cropped pants and narrow "boy's" trousers are
carefully detailed as are
the skirts with subtle pocket details and, narrow waistbands of various contrasting
Tiny tanks and funnel tees, as well as blouses with detachable jabots, are used
to layer on looks
or create an easy femininity. Like most elements of this collection, the separate
seamlessly from day to easy evening. Day dresses consist of little loose fitting
funnel necks and bias sleeves meant to be worn as sexy little t-shirts.
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