Look Book Spring 2011 ~ Vera Wang

The statement of inspiration for the Vera Wang Spring 2011 Collection reads:
"The Vera Wang 2011 Spring-Summer Collection celebrates the fragile femininity of “tea party” and “garden party” dresses. Frothy gowns of extreme delicacy in the palest Easter egg tints of lavender, blush, rose and silver gray inspire a certain gaiety and youthful spirit. Occasional bodices of beautiful floral embroideries and skirts of hand-painted lace provide a charming counterpoint to the more sophisticated architectural pieces. These are romantic artful clothes that appear to float- all lightness and air!"

Last week we posted re-caps of our experiences at bridal market in NY, which you can read by clicking here and here, including our own runway images of the Vera Wang presentation. Our friends at B. Hughes in Nashville, TN posted about the Vera Wang collection on their blog as well and I commented, saying:
"I agree that this was a spectacular collection and certainly one of the best I've ever seen. It was a full realization of the "tea party / garden party" idea mixed with design themes we've seen consistently from Vera Wang in the past few collections... specifically the layered, undulating ruffles, which are my favorite, most Vera-like detail. I do find that these dresses have a delicate sensibility and a "fragile femininity", but they are balanced by architectural structuring appearing in bodices and silhouettes that give them substance and weight. These are modern gowns for a smart, sophisticated girl and the collection fits every mood from a romantic outdoor affair to a chic urban soiree."

I am a long-time fan of Vera Wang and her gowns have repeatedly appeared in Weddings Unveiled fashion editorials and on our covers. Gowns from her Falll 2010 collection shown in October, 2009 are currently appearing in our Spring 2010 fashion editorial, Daydreams.

The new Vera Wang Spring 2011 collection has a breathlessly pretty femininity, yet a clear modernity. There are design elements we've seen before in both the Fall 2010 and Spring 2010 collections, such as the asymmetrical draping, flange layering, undulating, cascading ruffles and sashes with bows, but I love the mix of new pastels and exquisite floral detailing. While there were some floral details in the Fall 2010 collection, in this collection, they are more developed into completely floral bodices on looks 4 and 8. This collection celebrates a lovely, delicately youthful look, but it still has a structural, architectural edge that lends it a sophisticated appeal. I've come to realize that it is this bewitching combination that is undeniably a Vera Wang signature.

What do you think of this collection? Which gown is your favorite? Leave a comment and let me know!

~ Brooke Thomas
Creative Director, Weddings Unveiled

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Look 1: Blush one shoulder Chantilly hand-printed organza mermaid gown with corset bodice, blossom flange skirt and blush organza flower corsage sash at waist.

Look 2: Strapless mikado mermaid gown with draped bodice, French tulle asymmetrically smocked skirt and gazar sash at empire waist.

Look 3: Lilac faille mermaid gown with asymmetrical neckline, draped bodice and organza illusion corset back.

Look 4: Lilac and charcoal strapless organza ballgown with sequined hand-cut petal embroidery on bodice and softly tucked tulle skirt.

Look 5: Strapless mikado mermaid gown with organza “ladder technique” and tulle skirt.

Look 6: Bone strapless two-piece mermaid gown with asymmetrically draped peplum bodice and back bow.

Look 7: Strapless silk crepe gown with corset bodice, draped net gazar skirt and horsehair bow at waist.

Look 8: Blush strapless floral embroidered ballgown with hand-printed floating blossoms on draped skirt.

Look 9: Strapless two-piece silk gazar gown with multi-tiered peplum bodice and cascading “ladder technique” skirt.

Look 10: Hand-printed organza strapless ballgown with corset bodice, full draped skirt and flower corsage sash at waist.

Look 11: Strapless mermaid gown with organza draped neckline and corsetry detail, floating Chantilly lace appliqué, soft blossom flange skirt and flower corsage sash at waist.


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