PHOTOS: Pretty, Pretty Pleats At Vera Wang

When we left the Rachel Roy presentation Thursday morning, we had long standing plans to jet back to the office, hunker down on our laptops and play some serious catch-up with fashion week posts. And then by a lucky miracle we found ourselves with a seat at Vera Wang‘s Fall 2011 show which, well, you’ll see.

Besides gold medal-winning figure skater Evan Lysacek in the front row, the audience was appropriately light on the celebs; this show wasn’t a spectacle, it was a statement.

The looks Wang walked down the runway on the likes of Arizona Muse were subtle, but expertly designed and tailored: fierce, floaty dresses in dusky colors and with pleated details that would make couturiers proud, rough and tumble outerwear lined with fur and delightfully distressed, and delicate separates that (when paired with the outerwear) felt perfect for that mercurial fall weather. (Post-apocalyptic prairie chic were how we described it in our post-show tweet.)

And then it was over and we found ourselves swept backstage by contributor and stylist extraordinaire Mary Alice Stephenson, where she was given an effervescent hug by Ms. Wang herself, who smiled radiantly and said, “Pleats, please!” before turning back to the crowd of photographers.

Pleats please, indeed.

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