Soft Deconstruction With Vera WangS

Vera Wang's spring collection was unusually dark. Models dressed mostly in black and gray walked a gray carpeted runway, and even the occasional colors — puce, blush pink, chartreuse, formica yellow, crimson — seemed somber. Still, the show was beautiful.

Soft Deconstruction With Vera WangS

Soft Deconstruction With Vera WangS

Soft Deconstruction With Vera WangS

There was a repeated emphasis on this loosely kimono-inspired wrap top shape.

Soft Deconstruction With Vera WangS

And many looks incorporated layers of sheer fabrics, which gave some interesting variety to the textures on display.

Soft Deconstruction With Vera WangS

The dresses done in hand-ruched silk tulle, with their asymmetry and their long, trailing tendrils of tulle, were gorgeous in a kind of undone Tim Burton way.

Soft Deconstruction With Vera WangS

Sometimes, though, the layering of contrasting textures didn't quite come off.

Soft Deconstruction With Vera WangS

The Japanese influence continued with the incorporation of this floral printed silk fabric.

Soft Deconstruction With Vera WangS

And the sequined flowers on this bolero are apparently chrysanthemums.

Soft Deconstruction With Vera WangS

Soft Deconstruction With Vera WangS

Soft Deconstruction With Vera WangS

Soft Deconstruction With Vera WangS

There were also some garments made of softly shredded and gathered jersey. Prabal Gurung worked along some similar lines for his spring collection, too.

Soft Deconstruction With Vera WangS

It's hard to see in front-on pictures, but most of the skirts had these 3-D projections of folded fabric that swooped out from the waist. They looked a little like pouches.

Soft Deconstruction With Vera WangS

Soft Deconstruction With Vera WangS

Soft Deconstruction With Vera WangS

Soft Deconstruction With Vera WangS

Soft Deconstruction With Vera WangS

Soft Deconstruction With Vera WangS

Soft Deconstruction With Vera WangS

Soft Deconstruction With Vera WangS

Soft Deconstruction With Vera WangS

Soft Deconstruction With Vera WangS

Soft Deconstruction With Vera WangS

A lot of the collection had thickly rolled, gathered edges. The added weight made the tube-like hems swing as the models walked.

Soft Deconstruction With Vera WangS

Soft Deconstruction With Vera WangS

Soft Deconstruction With Vera WangS

Soft Deconstruction With Vera WangS

Soft Deconstruction With Vera WangS

Soft Deconstruction With Vera WangS

Soft Deconstruction With Vera WangS

Maybe it was just me, but I saw this plastic fringed tunic and thought, 'Prada FW 07.'

Soft Deconstruction With Vera WangS

Soft Deconstruction With Vera WangS

Soft Deconstruction With Vera WangS

Soft Deconstruction With Vera WangS

Soft Deconstruction With Vera WangS

Soft Deconstruction With Vera WangS

Soft Deconstruction With Vera WangS

Soft Deconstruction With Vera WangS

Soft Deconstruction With Vera WangS

Soft Deconstruction With Vera WangS

Soft Deconstruction With Vera WangS

Soft Deconstruction With Vera WangS

Soft Deconstruction With Vera WangS

This pink dress closed the show. Vera Wang seems to be pushing us all towards a dark, refined glamor for spring. Who wants to follow her?