Vera Wang Spring 2013 Collection

Posted on September 17, 2012

We loved this collection, titled “Out of India.” There’s a restrained sense of opulence here that really appeals to us and serves as a counterpoint to Marchesa’s more exuberantly opulent Indian-inspired collection. Love the brilliant greens, blues, and golds, as well as the masterful use of white (from a lady who knows her whites) in canvas and voile. Love the pajama trousers and the Bermuda shorts paire with delicate lace tops. Vera Wang can often get a little dark in her work, but there’s a lightness and restraint here that really works for us.




[Photo Credit: GoRunway]

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  • I love this collection as a whole, but I feel like if I wore those shoes, my ankles would snap in two if I took a wrong step.  

    • Sobaika

      Haha probably. I also think they’re a bit too clunky, especially the ballet-laced ones.

      • call_me_schmeg

        pretty woman ballet

    •  As a former ballerina, those are nothing compared to toe shoes. I love them.

      •  OH I believe that toe shoes would be much much worse, I just know that I’m not graceful enough to wear those and not break something..

  • Sobaika

    Ooooo I love this. It manages to be a breath of fresh air and interesting from a fashion point of view. Love the forest greens and the golds of the last two rows. 

  • I love the color choices, and the proportions on most everything. Not on board with the Bermuda shorts. The patterned ones, don’t quite work, in my view.  I love the textures she has used, and the textiles look like they are all amazing.

    • mjude

      good morning my friend! so hard to find you in the tlo universe 🙂  i also love this collection & maybe even the bermuda shorts.

      •  Hey There!   Sorry, to be so out of the loop, of late.  Between work, painting my apartment and back to back house guests, I haven’t had much TLo time.  I miss hanging with you, and all my other BK peeps.

    • littlemac8

      Thank you!! I dislike the Bermuda shorts on these skinny girls and I can only imagine them on a normal size woman.  They are not flattering and I really can’t imagine the venue where that would be a smart thing to wear.

  • Sobaika

    Haha probably. I also think they’re a bit too clunky, especially the ballet-laced ones.

  • MilaXX

    I like this less frilly take of Indian inspired fashion,  but again I’m struck by the lack of models of color. There is only one in this collection & even that one I’m not sure isn’t just a gal with a tan. Also not a fan of the sheer skirt, but especially the more prominent dark green look.

    • Sobaika

      I think it’s Cora Emmanuel but I’m probably wrong. At any rate, the lack of diversity on the runway is gross. I swear it’s been better in past years but that could just be bad memory talking.

      • Rin

        If you were referring to the first model second row, then it’s Joan Smalls 

        • Sobaika

          I was referring to the model in the green, but looks like there’s cause for celebration. Two whole models of color.

          • MilaXX

             2? I only see Joan Smalls.

          • Sobaika

            Joan Smalls is second row down, 
            Cora Emmanuel is sixth row down.

            This is like Where’s Waldo: Melanin Edition.

          • I see a third—don’t know her name, but the center model in the fourth and ninth rows is definitely East Asian.

      • MilaXX

        I wasn’t sure since I haven’t seen a closer view.

    • Wouldn’t any woman of color looked much better in those greeny golds?

      • Vickiefantastico

        That’s exactly what I was thinking! I may have liked the collection more then.

  • Love the collection. Is it just me, or are these models a heck of a ton skinnier than the other collections? It’s almost distracting.

    • Spicytomato1

      I was struck by the same thing. The one in the black shorts has legs that look like frail twigs, definitely distracting to me.

      • call_me_schmeg

        she’s the *exact* one that struck me as well. so skinny! 

    • MissMariRose

       I noticed it too. When they’re that skinny, it makes the clothes look worse, in my opinion.

    • MissAnnieRN

      I noticed it, too.  But tried to refrain from body snark.  But model who wears the black lace bermuda shorts is kinda scaring me.  It sucks that the physique of the models pulls focus away from the clothes.  I wish more designers would realize that.  Hire skinny women all day long if you want.  But there’s a difference between extremely thin and emaciated.  I think that’s why the shoes look so out of scale.

  • Love the gold over the green, captivating.

  • Judy_J

    Gorgeous.  Love it all!

  • Some could be translated for the Kohl’s collection. Then, I could afford them

  • tallgirl1204

    Lovely, except perhaps the lace shorts in the fourth row.  This may be the first time that I’ve seen ANY shorts in a collection that I like, and that has to do with them being (1) long, (2) slim and (for the  most part) (3) paired with tops that one actually might consider wearing shorts with. 

  • PinkLemon

    love love love. And i’ll take all the shoes, thanks. also, she’s making bermuda shorts look GOOD…dat shit cray.

  • Spicytomato1

    Beautiful and feminine without being too fluffy. I like how the silhouettes/shapes are fairly simple, with the textiles doing the heavy lifting.

  • Most of these are really gorgeous. I am really getting sick of coloured lace, though. 

  • Hrmm… I will be in the minority here but I don’t care for the shapes or the prints.

  • SapphoPoet

    Normally I don’t care much for Vera Wang (too restrained), but this is a beautiful collection. Love the textiles and the rich colors. 

  • I found myself impatiently scrolling past the whites and the blacks to get to the greens! and yellows and golds. Beautiful.

  • Squarah

    Never expected to say it, but I much prefer Marchesa’s output.

    • Vickiefantastico

      Me too! There’s something about the proportions here that are all wrong and I find the collection a trifle sad. Marchesa’s was gorgeous, flawless, romantic, and fun.

  • alyce1213

    Beautiful, especially the bottle greens.
    I’m liking the longer shorts. I’ve always found the short granny shorts of late pretty useless, but these make more sense.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    There are some really striking pieces here. I feel like Tilda Swinton and Cate Blanchett should put dibs on the greens, whites, and golds. I can see Emma Stone and Zoe Saldana in the blues (and Zoe can have the yellows, too). 

  • SophieCollier

    Personally, I only like the last three rows, but it’s different and I like the India-inspired themes cropping up.  Still prefer Marchesa’s take, but these are better for non-red carpet events.

  • CassandraMortmain

    I love it all, with the exception of the one yellow and green outfit with long pants and a sleeveless top.  That looks too much like pajamas.  But the rest is lovely and is a much more restrained take on Indian influence than the Marchesa collection.  But while this is probably much more marketable and wearable by more women (not so many red carpet dresses), that Marchese collection was just crazy beautiful.  One of my favorite collections of recent years and they really captured the sixties-Beatles-Maharishi-hippies-going-to-India feel and updated it beautifully.  I can’t wait to see some of those gorgeous dresses on the red carpet.  But this Vera Wang collection has more pieces that an average woman could actually wear.

    • SassieCassy

      I said as much in those comments, but i think the marchesa collection comes across well because its basically indian clothes. colors! embrodery! beadwork! sequins! very pretty, but indian clothes that have been around forever and were trotted out under georgina chapmans name. nothing new.

      This collection i appreciate because it has real design. It looks like she thought about how she wanted to marry her stuff with her inspiration, and used the textiles and handiwork to relay the inspiration. basicallly im saying marchesa gave the equivalent of hairography and vera wang did some real work.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Thud. Pitter pat. I want ALL the white and deep blue pieces. Plus the gold swing top, 2nd row from bottom, center. STAT!

  • msdamselfly

    Overall, a wonderful collection

  • ballerinawithagun


  • This is another collection where I pretty much liked every single piece, and it’s no coincidence that both (the other is Marchesa) were both inspired by India. Though, I over-the-top LOVED Marchesa, and I really, really LIKE this one. Perhaps that’s because this collection is more subtle. In particular, the greens and golds in this collection were just gorgeous.

  • throwaneyeonthis

    Love the bermuda shorts and tops as they would probably look good on most women.  Unfortunately won’t be available at Kohl’s which is what most women can afford.  Overall nice collection.

  • afabulous50

    I love the collection – except the whites – however my mind kept thinking that a couple of those models were seriously emaciated.  Feed them…please.

  • marilyn

    Biker shorts in bridal materials?  Where does one wear that?  

    • l_c_ann

      To a totally ‘green’ wedding in the middle of nowhere , where (you guessed it) all guests are required to bicycle in.

  • Jennifer L.

    Speaking to the cultural appropriation point, I wonder why the designer world insists on going East for most of their ‘inspiration’. For example, what about a line based on the amazing Celtic art designs? You could go crazy with intricate detailing and dimension, or you could play up the armored side of things with leather and buckles. There is so much history in this world – why the need to focus on one sliver of it? 
    (said as an Asian American woman)

  • quiltrx

    Really pretty!  I like the shapes, and the prints are fabulous.

  • Zippypie

    The fabrics really steal the show.  I love how she showcases them with simple shapes and curves.

  • guest2visits

    Like the whites at the top, and the golds at the bottom.  The shades of green are nice, just don’t like the clothing it’s paired with.

  • Sorry i have no respect for designer that will not wear her own designs.  If I want that I’ll buy Michael Kors

  • It’s all just okay to me.  It’s not driving me bananas!

  • ccm800

    those saturated emeralds and the champagnes are really beautiful but there’s something stuffy and old about everything which is fine –  god knows its nice to see someone designing for more than the mousketeers. 

  • I love the blues and golds but I don’t find this collection very interesting. Am I alone here?

  • bitterk

    One of my favorites of the season.  The colors, the shapes, the textures.  Love love love.  

  • libraangel

    I think one of the designers on ‘Project Runway’ (can’t remember who) made a similar dress to the one fourth row, right, and he was really criticized. Also, MK and Nina said peplums were out.