Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Vera Wang and Michael Kors: Black and White

Michael Kors shift in green 
I guess when you design as many bridal gowns as Vera Wang does turning to black for your regular collection is almost a necessity. Vera Wang showed her collection yesterday and by all accounts black is the new pastel for spring!  

Wang shift for spring.

Vera Wang was born in New York City. When she was in high school, she trained as a figure skater and competed at the Olympic level but when she didn't make the 1968 Olympic team she turned to her second passion: fashion design. She worked for Vogue for 16 years but left after losing the editor job to Anna Wintour. It was shortly after that (1990) that she opened her own salon featuring her distinctive bridal gowns. 

Vera Wang became a household name when she designed the simple, elegant skating costumes for  Nancy Kerrigan in the 1994 Olympics. Later she designed for skaters Michelle Kwan and Evan Lysacek. Her gowns are worn by celebrities like Chelsea Clinton, (this summer)  Alicia Keyes, Jennifer Garner, Ivanka Trump and countless others but she's also working with David's Bridal on affordable gowns for the budget-minded bride. 

Kors showed lots of white...
...while Wang showed 
lots of black
But back to her show. I thought it was a bit too black and masculine looking I liked the shift shown here (above) and I noted a similarity to one showed by Michael Kors whose collection was shown this morning. By contrast, Kors showed mostly white, some khaki and colorful shifts. He had some great bathing suits in his collection as well and both Vera Wang and Michael Kors' shows can be seen at

Tomorrow: Let's check out the details

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