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The Fabric Department | White Out Conditions

Introducing our new bi-annual blog post, The Fabric Departmenta source to connect and familiarize our audience further by highlighting the creative process and textile choice surrounding Vera’s latest ready-to-wear creations.

While Fashion Week has ended in New York and is now moving on to other international cities (London, then Milan and finally Paris), the runway reviews are all a flurry and the Fabric Room is all a bustle. Here you’ll find a closer look at the Spring 13’ fabrics and textiles.

Vera Wang ventured into the subdued exoticism and unassuming splendor of South Asia with a collection that was “Out of India”. The thought of India conjures an image of rich, saturated gem colors (Bollywood brights), ornate decoration and all around vibrancy. How refreshing that Vera opened the show with a clean, delicate white story! Majestic shades did appear later but the white pieces first enveloped the room with a certain crisp romanticism. Vera looked to stiff white cotton linen canvas to create beautifully fitted cut-away jackets, one long sleeve and one sleeveless, with corset buttons and notched, standing collars. These pieces along with long pajama trousers scattered throughout the collection were very sultan-y; austere yet of imperial design.

Look 2: White cotton canvas cropped choli jacket with soutache embroidered back over white cotton eyelet tank with back vent detail with white cotton parasol skirt | Photography: Dan Lecca

White cotton voile dancing skirts were perfectly voluminous, cheery and brilliantly contrastable with the rigidity of the aforementioned jackets. Specially sourced from the Far East, the cotton voile is woven to order due to its exclusivity. Soutache embroideries brought other cotton linen canvas pieces to a level of magnificence and subtle glamour; embellishment of the quieter kind. A top, skirt, dress and cropped choli jacket were all decorated with this intricate fabrication that uses thin, flat braids tacked with tiny stitches. These embroideries were produced in white to match the cotton linen canvas base and created seamless, lavish looks. To make the runway work everyday, match a Soutache embroidered piece with a plain-colored top or bottom in bone, ivory or another neutral shade to maintain the sophistication of the detailed garments. Textured shoes in tan or beige will add more depth to these ensembles; try raffia wedges or ribboned styles like those worn by the models below. For Spring 2013, the spotlights on white.

Contributing Editor | Melissa DeLuca | Fabric Coordinator

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