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New York Fashion Week: Vera Wang's understated comfort

February 17, 2010 |  1:00 pm
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Vera Wang, like so many designers this season, is making a case for understatement, using the theme of "film noir" as a starting point for her darkly romantic collection of soft, sculptural, day to night pieces.

Highlights included a black twill jacket with an organza corsage, a white linen voile blouse with a sculptural twist at the shoulder, and a genius charcoal knit jumpsuit with tuxedo stripes.

Bejeweling was at a minimum, which was a change for Wang, reflecting a new, sportier attitude. (Models wore ropes of distressed pearls instead of the bibs of jewels they have had in seasons past, exuding a less polished, more distressed glamour.)

Wang seemed to be attuned to the fact that comfort is the priority for women now when getting dressed. How else do you explain all the magazine editors wearing pants or jeans and sensible boots this week? And no, it's not just the snowy weather.

-- Booth Moore in New York

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Photos: Vera Wang's fall 2010 show in New York. Credit: Peter Stigter and Jonas Gustavsson / For The Times