The message was on the wall at the Vera Wang show, where the models walked out through an arch of black leaves on to a gravel runway that looked like it ought to be sand. The fashionistas in stiletto heels or barefoot sandals were not amused.
Vera’s show started with impenetrable black. (No surprises there.) But the bodice of a dress was decorated with frills of scrunched chiffon to create textural effects. Black embroidery on the front of the dress also gave a gleam of light.
Towards the evening hour, the pall of black dissipated into light fabrics traced with silver — some even romantic, as in long chiffon dresses split for striding on the gravel. Since Vera only uses off-colours, she mixed violet and gold, which were effective – if a winter, rather than a summer, tale.