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Vera Wang puts her own spin on spring's artful athlete look

09/10/2013 04:44 EDT | Updated 11/10/2013 05:12 EST
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Vera Wang aimed for all As on her runway Tuesday at New York Fashion Week: artful, architectural and athletic.

She made the grade with silk gauze baseball jackets, chiffon gowns with mesh panels and often-beaded, racer-style backs and a stretch-mesh hoodie paired with a net bustier and stretch jersey skirt.

Many of her looks were black, which made the flashes of cobalt blue, geranium red and citron yellow more impactful. She used a painter's brush-stroke print on camisole slips and chiffon gowns to make another visual statement, and delicate fabric petals decorated the back of slim-cut sheaths.

"My inspiration was sort of artsy, but also quite clean and a lot of collaging and athleticism ... athletic details to the very central, romantic dresses. It's very much based on sport and the body and movement," she said in a backstage interview.

Sporty details with a feminine touch have proven a trend for next spring. It was almost unlikely that Wang hit on it; she usually beats to her own drum.

Model Chrissy Teigen and fiance John Legend were in the front row. Both said they were fans of Wang.

"I think I have pretty good taste," Legend said. "I don't like obsess over it, but I care how I look, so and I care how she looks, too. ... She has great style."

Maybe Teigen is the one to hit a red carpet in one of Wang's chiffon flyaway gowns with a billowing train of fabric, worn with wide-leg palazzo evening pants. Those looks brought the catwalk alive — and surely made for stunning photos.

"There was a body inside, and the movement of the clothes made you feel movement. The whole collection is really about movement," the designer said.

Wang acknowledged she was a little worried about the long length of some of the looks. "No one tripped, that's what I was looking for."

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AP Writer Nicole Evatt contributed to this report.

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