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Feng Chen Wang thought about the word “half” and what it means for human connection.
The show started with an opening of the curtains, which streamed sunlight into the dark space and emphasized the collection’s vivid color palette, which Wang said was meant to convey a range of human emotions.
The opening looks came in an icy blue gradient — sad — and progressed into an iridescent green and a warm hot pink — happy. Things ended with shades of black and gray, which Wang said played on black and white and the idea of half, or yin and yang.
The garments were amalgamations of sportswear basics. Wang placed double collars on long trenchcoats and pieced together two Levi’s jackets to make one. She did the same thing with Converse sneakers by adding an extra sole and merging two sneaker halves together. An extra leg was added to jeans and the more dramatic pieces consisted of collared shirts and trenchcoats that were draped on top of each other and fell down to the floor.
Some of these pieces revealed the heart, another means to depict feelings. Wang discovered that different sentiments lead to different body temperatures and she presented PVC pieces to highlight the
CHANGES AT WANG: Peggy Eskenasi, a former Nine West Holdings Inc. and Kohl’s executive, has been named president of Vera Wang Group. She succeeds Veronique Gabai-Pinsky who has been in the role since January 2016.
According to a Wang spokeswoman, Gabai-Pinksy resigned for personal reasons. Neither she, Wang nor Eskenasi were available for comment Friday.
“Vera Wang personally thanks her for her valuable contribution to the company during her tenure and wishes her all the best,” the Wang spokeswoman said of Gabai-Pinsky.
Eskenasi had been executive chairwoman of Nine West Holdings, Inc. from September 2014 to May 2016. Before that, she was senior executive vice president of product development at Kohl’s Department Stores, which has held the license for Simply Vera Vera Wang since 2007. While at Kohl’s, Eskenasi was instrumental in building a large stable of brands that are either exclusive to Kohl’s stores or licensed to the company, such as Simply Vera Vera Wang, Jennifer Lopez, Candie’s, Rock & Republic and Juicy Couture. Earlier, she was president, private brands at Saks Inc. from 1997 to 2004.
Prior to joining Wang, Gabai-Pinsky was global brand president of The Estee Lauder Cos.’ Aramis and Designer Fragrances, BeautyBank and IdeaBank. She oversaw several fragrances, including
DESIGNER SIDELINES: While some advertisers will be forking over $ 5 million for 30-second Super Bowl commercials, Vera Wang will be getting some air time for free.
The Philadelphia Eagles’ cheerleaders will be rallying for Nick Foles and the rest of the team wearing uniforms created by the New York designer. In 2003, Wang became the first big-name designer to suit up a NFL cheerleading squad. No slouch in the athletic department, Wang herself was a competitive skater before she segued into fashion. Through the years, Wang has suited up all sorts of elite athletes — Nancy Kerrigan, Michelle Kwan and Evan Lysacek among them. At this month’s Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, the undefeated U.S. figure skater Nathan Chen will hit the ice wearing costumes designed by Wang. “I have always been an athlete, a supporter of so many disciplines, a true fan, and very proud and humbled by having dressed so many athletes in competition and for many of their weddings and red carpet moments!” she said.
Considering 111 million tuned in for last year’s Super Bowl, Wang’s uniforms are set to be seen worldwide. “Whenever one designs for athletes, or performers, being viewed from 360-degree angles becomes imperative. But TV adds
SWEET TOOTH: Vera Wang and Ladurée have teamed up for a dessert collaboration called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The desserts launched this week.
The first of its kind for Vera Wang and Ladurée, the collection features a coconut crème Chantilly macaron as well as a mango and coconut wedding cake. Crafted in Ladurée’s patissiers, the confections were inspired by Wang’s bridal designs and pay homage to her lifelong connection to Paris.
“Among my most memorable and enchanting experiences in Paris has always been Ladurée, whether it was tea sandwiches, shopping with my mother or taking my daughters for lunch in St. Germain, Ladurée has always ben a part of my Parisian experience,” Wang said. She said she was happy to collaborate with Elisabeth Holder, the heir and president of Ladurée U.S., on designing a bespoke wedding cake inspired by one of her gowns.
“A coconut Chantilly macaron and a mango flavored coconut wedding cake were heaven at first bite for me. I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” Wang said.
“This partnership is a wonderful opportunity for us to highlight the Ladurée Wedding Collection. It is the first time that a designer has created a cake
BIG IN CHINA: Vera Wang and Ron Perelman were among the honorees at the China Institute’s annual Blue Cloud gala Thursday night.
The gathering at Cipriani’s lower Broadway location in the Cunard Building was meant to center on the Institute’s commitment to advancing understanding and deepening trust between China and the U.S. Ning Yuan, chairman and president of China Construction America, and Robert Hong Xiao, chief executive officer of Perfect World Co. Ltd. were also honored, as well as New York Gov. Andrew Coumo, who wasn’t able to attend the black tie dinner.
Beforehand, China Institute chairman Chien Chung Pei, better known as “Didi,” said of the honorees, “They share the spirit and mission of China Institute to shape positive and strong U.S.-China relations through education, culture and business.”
Derek Lam also turned up to support Wang. She later told the crowd how growing up in the U.S., her parents Cheng Ching and Florence Wang encouraged her to embrace American culture, never allowing her to forget her Chinese heritage. That delicate balance was what provided her and her brother “with such a unique view of the world and a sincere appreciation for both cultures,” she said.
Noting how the world she once knew has
Inside Vera Wang beats the heart of the proverbial different drummer. While numerous designers are seeking to offer happy collections to a sad world, upbeat just isn’t Wang’s thing, sartorially speaking. She’s more intrigued by the dystopian world view of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” She binged on the series over the summer. Once again eschewing the runway, she thus commissioned a video, “The Congregation,” by director Bon Duke.
The eerie beauty of the work, filmed at GBX Terminal in Red Hook, Brooklyn, depicts a dark world in which women rely on each other for support and comfort. In truth, that’s not far off from Wang’s overall fashion vision, not the subjugation of women part, but the idea of dressing in a deliberately sober way. Besides, who doesn’t love a good bonnet?
For Wang, the headgear proved more than storytelling flourish; it “enabled me to envision the clothes in a different proportion and context,” she said. Inherent in Wang’s work is a powerful glamour sprung from the interplay of feminine and masculine. Here, she melded corsets to hyper-sculptural jackets over floor-length skirts. Most often, these came in austere suitings; a gentler version reinterpreted a mannish check as a silk print.
Throughout, Wang layered in delicate lingerie pieces, some done up with
Adidas and Alexander Wang are launching the second season of their collaborative collection Adidas Originals by Alexander Wang July 29 in New York and globally August 5. “Ever unconventional, Adidas Originals and Wang return to disrupt fashion’s status quo, reinventing design, communication and retail,” reads a release from Adidas issued this morning, which also contained links to a short film directed by Ryan Staake to tease the collection. To summarize the plot of the one-minute, six-second film, a couple of bike messengers plaster some posters around town, pedal their way to a rave, presumably clad in the unisex collection — the statement piece being a florescent ski mask with three black stripes on it. They party all night and one of them passes out in a bed. It’s hard to tell who the main bike messenger is, but whoever it is has long black hair and a slender build that brings to mind Wang himself.
The disrupting retail component is a text-to-buy checkout experience: Part of the launch is a wilding posting campaign featuring a phone number — (917) 512-7715 — which customers in New York City can text after 12 p.m. on July 29 to engage with a chatbot and
Uma Wang may have switched cities, after having shown in Milan for the past four years, but there was no shift in vision in this textured, romantic collection focused on her classic, enveloping cocoon shapes.
But why mess with a good thing? For her serene, regal silhouettes edged with a little grunge, the designer mixed classicism and the avant-garde, while the line’s earthy palette was shot with vibrant moss, lapis lazuli and mustard tones.
Pajama silhouettes and robes came layered over black cotton shirts with ruffle flourishes and pretty brown lace tops with ruffle necks. Looks tumbled together rumpled cottons, men’s wear stripes and velvets printed with dusty florals recalling vintage bed linens and wallpapers. Other interesting texture treatments — Wang’s forte — included a cream quilted coat patterned with abstract stripes traced with blue mohair, while the long velvet gowns evoking Grecian dresses were also lovely.
Yuja Wang was still an undergraduate at Curtis when she got the call: piano soloist Murray Perahia was under the weather. Could she jump on a plane to southern California and perform the next day with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields?
She could, and she did.
The pianist, barely 22, played with authority and sensitivity, wowing the musically literate in the Orange County audience (yes, there are some even in Costa Mesa).
She also astonished the ensemble’s legendary conductor, Sir Neville Marriner. The audience was treated to the unique tableau of this towering figure on the music scene, 82 and approaching retirement, gazing with fascination at a young woman in the first throes of her career playing breathtaking, breakneck encores.
Wang captivated another top conductor, Michael Tilson Thomas, at another impromptu performance, this time at Carnegie Hall, filling in for yet another ailing soloist. Her playing moved Thomas, a mentor figure in Wang’s career, literally to bow down to her on the famous stage.
Word got around and piano virtuosi most likely started taking better care of their health.
Seven short years later, Wang has become an international star in her own right, touring the world, named 2017 Musical America Artist of the Year, and signed to Deutsche Grammophon, classical music’s most respected brand.
Last week, Wang took her talents to Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall, where she performed a sold out recital with violinist Leonidas Kavakos. Wang could have taken the easy road and performed an evening of hummable crowd-pleasers, but that’s not what you do when you’re one of the most talented, enthralling, and even mesmerizing performers on the world scene.
Instead, Wang and Kavakos performed four extremely difficult pieces by Janacek, Schubert, Debussy, and Bartok. They are rarely performed because most touring musicians don’t want to work that hard. The majority of the top dogs have a repertoire of concertos they can play in their sleep, and with some of their performances it sounds that way.
It used to bother Wang, when she was younger, that audiences initially compared her to Lang Lang, the Chinese prodigy known more for his showmanship than his technical skills. European audiences in particular held a prejudice against Asian performers, believing them capable of technical greatness but lacking the emotion that great music ushers forth.
They don’t make those complaints any longer. Wang won over Europeans, Asians, North Americans, and probably also Martians and Venetians with her ability to play with both drama and dexterity.
Wang certainly blew the minds of her Lincoln Center audience. She played with urgency, brilliance, color, energy, and emotion. The Washington Post calls her “arguably” the hottest pianist in the world; they won’t get an argument out of me.
The pairing of Wang and Kavakos seems odd to the eye and sometimes to the ear. He’s world class, yet her talent comes from another planet. Wang dresses as elegantly as she plays; in New York, her jaw-droppingly elegant Atelier Rosemarie Umetsu gowns matched the music.
The good news is that you get to hear four pieces seldom played, and you get to experience Wang’s fiery virtuosity. If you missed the show in New York, you can catch it in southern California and Western Europe over the next few months (YujaWang.com for details).
One of their dates is at Segerstrom Concert Hall in Orange County, where the then-unknown Wang astonished Sir Neville Marriner, back when his career was winding down and hers had just begun. Just seven years later, she has become the ultimate must-see musician for anyone who loves blindingly great performance.
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ON THE MOVE: Rodrigo Bazan has stepped down as president of Alexander Wang, a role he held since December 2010. The Argentinian-born executive joined the company in its first major growth phase, overseeing the expansion of new product categories and retail markets, including the rollout of 27 stores worldwide. He was the brand’s first appointed president since its launch in 2005. Prior to Alexander Wang, Bazan was based in Paris as the vice president and general manager, Europe, Middle East and India of Marc Jacobs International LLC.
A spokesman for Alexander Wang told WWD that the company was thankful for Bazan’s accomplishments and plans to pursue the next steps for its continued business development. An announcement of a successor is expected in the coming months.
Vera Wang’s recent bridal collections have been anything but conventional and for spring 2017 she eschewed tradition once again. Today, Wang debuted her spring 2017 bridal collection with a short film that premiered on her Web site, “Désir à l’Anglaise,” directed by Gordon von Steiner. Wang’s notes on the collection included the following teasers: “Courtly Love, Modern Grandeur, Sheer Seduction, Secret Rendezvous, Silent Signals, Day for Night, Gardens of Regal Delights.”
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As USA TODAY, The Nation’s No. 1 Newspaper, put it, "Vera Wang is hot???.She oversees everything." The name Vera Wang has become synonymous with simple, elegant design. Her wonderfully styled gowns drape and flow to make the wearer look her best. Her casual clothes beautifully combine comfort and function. But who’s the person behind the brand? Born to wealthy Chinese parents, Vera Wang learned about high fashion at an early age. After many years as a Vogue magazine editor, Wang embarked on her own design career, starting with unique, stylish wedding gowns. Her attention to detail and understanding of a bride’s needs made her a must-have designer among the rich and famous. Eventually, she spread her wings to include gala attire for Hollywood events, china, crystal, stationary, perfume, low-priced ready-to-wear clothing, and even mattresses. What will this designer and entrepreneur pursue next?
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