Vera Wang's name is synonymous with "wedding dresses," and for her latest Spring '14 bridal collection, the designer didn't short on the drama. Inspired by architecture, Wang concocted a collection filled with texture, volume, and modern nuances. While we're used to seeing all-white bridal gowns, the designer pushed the envelope with strong elements of black — via lace bodices, tulle overlays, and even luxurious leather gloves — juxtaposed against creamy ivory hues and traditional wedding dress silhouettes. Suffice to say, this lineup was not made for the classic bride, but rather the cutting-edge, boundary-pushing type. See every detail from the collection in the slideshow and tell us which dress you'd like to walk down the aisle in.
Kate Hudson wore Ann Taylor and brought Matthew Bellamy with her to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation's annual Hot Pink Party in NYC last night. The couple was joined at the charity bash by a Blumarine-wearing Elizabeth Hurley and Elton John, as well as fashion designers Michael Kors, Vera Wang, and Donna Karan. Kate was doing more than just walking the pink carpet; she also presented an award to Kay Krill, the CEO of ANN Inc., the parent company for Ann Taylor, where Kate serves as a brand ambassador.
Kate has been keeping busy in the Big Apple. She is currently promoting her new film, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, which will screen at the Tribeca Film Festival next week. Despite Kate's work duties, she and Matthew did manage to squeeze in time with their boys in the city ahead of their gala date.
Sienna Miller wore a Topshop dress and held hands with her future sister-in-law, Matilda Sturridge, when the two attended Vanity Fair's Tribeca Film Festival party in NYC last night. Sienna's night out with Matilda comes after a day out with Tom Sturridge in Manhattan earlier this week. The couple squeezed in a bit of alone time following a weekend with their daughter, Marlowe.
Sienna and Matilda were joined at the event by Evan Rachel Wood, who cradled her baby bump in a black flowing dress. Evan vented about attending the star-studded bash while being with child since she couldn't partake in any of the booze-related festivities. She tweeted, "I love that I am going to a cocktail party tonight, but I can't have any cocktails. It's like a birthday with no cake." Also on hand at the fashionable fete was model Karolina Kurkova, TFF fixture Robert De Niro, and Whoopi Goldberg.
- Minnie Mouse debuted a gown Alber Elbaz designed for her during a runway show at Disneyland Paris this weekend. [Telegraph]
- Shoppers at Vera Wang's Shanghai boutique should be prepared to spend money even if they don't purchase a dress. Customers at the store will be charged a ¥3,000 fee (approximately $482) to try the designer's work on. [Vogue UK]
- Kering, the company formerly known as PPR, has acquired France Croco, a luxury tannery which specializes in crocodile skins. [WWD]
- Nick Wooster's plan for helping JCPenney become America's favorite department store is simple. "I'm going to get in trouble for saying this," he said during WWD's Menswear Retail Summit, "but [we need to] make cute sh*t." [Racked]
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Vera Wang's take on femininity was gorgeous and bold for Fall '13. With a violet palette and more architectural cuts, the designer didn't short on the drama, albeit in the most modern and wearable of ways. Dresses crafted in full-bodied florals with sculptural layers and doses of high shine made this one of the prettiest runways of the season. See it all right here!
Fall 2013 saw Vera Wang return to one of her most revered skills: dressmaking. But don't go thinking that means this was a collection filled with the princess gowns and wedding attire that's made the designer a household name. Nope, this was a collection that showed off Wang's incredible ability to make beautiful, superwearable clothing for day — and she did it all using classic, sculptural techniques. Exaggerated cape and tulip shapes were the main silhouettes here; they came in the form of stiff twill coats with oversize armholes or squared-off sleeves, or in the form of puckered peplums on dresses and tops, or as gently folded origami skirts. And though there were plenty of gorgeous, textural fabrics to behold — heavy satin, metallic brocades, fox fur, and chantilly lace — it was a series of pieces made from iridescent sequins and jumbo rose jacquards in ultraviolet, magenta, and tangerine that really stole the show.
Vera Wang got sculptural for Fall 2013, adding volume to architectural shapes and playing with tones of layered jacquard prints. Moving away from the slim lace silhouettes of Spring 2013, the designer focused on stone and black looks for her opening, with domed cape backs on jackets and sleeveless vests — even having bandeaus snake under armholes to contrast tight fronts with voluminous backs. Evening emerged in a flash of violet sparkle with exaggerated peplums, printed chiffon blouses billowing over matching cigarette pants, and all-over beaded dresses. It was utterly elegant, formal without being stuffy, and one of the designer's tightest seasons in memory.
Bold lips and matte finishes are huge for Fall 2013, and the crimson version at Vera Wang was the focal point of the overall beauty look. The hair was left wavy and slight undone, and the nails were a soft gray.
Who would wear it: We can see Florence Welch rocking this look.
Key products: Clé de Peau Extra Rich Lipstick in Mister Lincoln and Tuscany.
Trends: Bold, matte lips.
Makeup: Lucia Pieroni for Clé de Peau Beauté created the bold matte lip using the Extra Rich Lipstick in Mister Lincoln and Tuscany. To add dimension to the look, she used the lighter shade on top of and in the center of the lip. She kept the face bare with a touch of shimmering shadow on the lids, while lashes went mascara-free to let the lips take center stage. Bold brows finished off the palette to balance the intensity of the lipstick.
Hair: "The hair is about texture," said lead stylist Paul Hanlon for Moroccanoil. The hair was left down and ultimately tucked into the clothes before models walked the runway, so Hanlon made sure he brought defined texture to the hair. After wetting the hair and prepping it with Volumizing Mousse, he twisted sections with his hands while he blow-dried. To better frame the face, he went back with a curling iron and finished the look with hair spray for hold.
Nails: Lead manicurist Jin Soon Choi used her JinSoon nail polish in Auspicious. "It's a light gray, but has a hint of lavender for a softer, more elegant touch," Choi said.
Nicole Kidman stepped onto the Grammys red carpet looking regal in a gold-embroidered lace gown by Vera Wang. The bodice featured a demure V neckline — but notice the sheer, leg-revealing hemline. The actress finished her gold gown with white drop earrings, a single metallic bracelet, and stick-straight hair. What do you think of Nicole's latest red-carpet style?
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