With an eclectic front-row crowd that included Kim Kardashian, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Serena Williams, and a dramatic last-minute arrival by Beyoncé, the Vera Wang Spring 2012 show already had a buzz going by the time the first ethereal white look strode down the runway. It was a collection inspired by Alice in Wonderland — Tim Burton's version, no doubt — that mixed Vera's skill for soft feminine touches with an edge; chiffon dresses had drawstrings, floral prints seemed to morph into something totally trippy and neon-hued, and the skirts were cut away to reveal the models' long legs clad in gladiator heels. Some of the more fanciful looks included a yellow corset with peplum boy shorts and techno cotton eyelet cropped vests layered over corsets. We remain most entranced, however, by the first series of white looks, as the play between transparency and tailoring, between softness and edge, seemed most natural and truly channeled that Alice in Wonderland magic. This can be no coincidence considering Wang's reign as one of the world's top bridal designers.
We caught up with Leighton Meester at the launch of Vera Wang's newest perfume, Lovestruck. The trend-setting starlet told us what's on her Fall shopping list — midi skirts and calf-length booties — and why she has a thing for smaller handbags. And, as we anxiously await the new season of Gossip Girl, Leighton revealed why she admires the style of her character, Blair Waldorf. Plus, find out Blair's most daring outfit this season — hint, she's taking a cue from Kate Middleton!
>> After announcing yesterday that she's going into the engagement ring business with Zales, Vera Wang has complete another, more personal transaction: She's bought herself a home in Beverly Hills, as she's spending more time in Los Angeles, according to her real estate representative.
The midcentury modern home was listed in March for $10.9 million; Wang bought it for about about $10 million, the Wall Street Journal reports. It was completely renovated by the previous owner, real-estate investor and designer Steven Hermann, and has four bedrooms, a home theater, and glass walls. There's also a pool and spa.
>> The dress Ralph Lauren designed for daughter Dylan to wed hedge fund founder Paul Arrouet appears in the August 2011 issue of Vogue. Lauren, who reportedly consulted with Vera Wang on the dress's design, decided on a handmade duchesse-satin, silk-tulle, and georgette embroidered dress with a tiered, nine-foot train. "I had to do something that was better than ever before," he told Oprah before the June 2011 wedding, which took place at his 300-acre Westchester County, New York estate. "When you do something for your family or your daughter, I mean it's the only daughter I have — beautiful girl. I want to just give her something that she'd really treasure and give her something that would be really amazing. I want her to feel fantastic."
Lauren also designed the bridesmaid's dresses in Dylan's Candy Bar-logo colors, with specially-made Spanx if the wearer so opted. "I also was inspired by a New York Times front page of one of my father's Spring/Summer collections where they showed the finale lineup of all those vivid colors of satin evening dresses," Dylan explained.
Saks Bridal Department is known for their extensive wedding dress collection, so we picked out three dresses perfect for a black-tie wedding! From hand-beaded applique to cathedral-length trains to a Kate Middleton-inspired look, here are three wedding dresses ideal for a formal setting. On Allison: Topshop dress
Finding the perfect wedding gown for an informal or less traditional wedding can be a challenge. So we headed to Saks Fifth Avenue’s Bridal Department to find three amazing dresses ideal for less traditional celebrations. From mini frocks to unexpected colors to pillbox hats, here are several unique dresses to suit every bridal personality. On Allison: Topshop
Kim and Kourtney Kardashian stepped out of their Manhattan hotel this morning in designer ensembles prepped for a marathon day of wedding dress shopping. First up, the sisters made a stop at Vera Wang's Upper East Side boutique before joining the designer at Sant Ambroeus for lunch. Kim's reportedly searching for the perfect gown to complement her 20-carat engagement ring. She's done her fair share of research by checking out the best NYC has to offer. She visited Bergdorf, Barneys, and Bendel's yesterday following her early morning workout session with Heidi Klum. Heidi and Kim also spent an afternoon together last week when Kim filmed a guest judging cameo on the season nine premiere of Project Runway. Kim and Kourtney are on the East Coast for the time being, but they're sending big love to their sister Khloe, who turns 27 today. The family can look forward to being together in early August when Kim and Kris are reportedly tying the knot at a lavish LA estate.
The wait is over: Vera Wang's bridesmaid collection for David's Bridal is out and ready for perusal. The line captures the same beautiful quality as her bridal collection, and prices range from $158 to $198. Under $200 — now that's a designer deal. Take a look at the rest of the amazing collection in the slide show now.
Leighton Meester looked rock chic in London, while celebrating the launch of Vera Wang's new perfume Vera Wang Lovestruck. Leighton donned a Vera Wang ensemble — pleated sleeveless blouse and black leather pants — with suede and mesh Brian Atwood sandals. Ombré locks, a Dannijo knot bracelet, and peach nails polished off her edgy and glam look. Unfortunately Ms. Meester's killer sandals are no longer available online, but shop now for like items to copy her sexy style.
Leighton Meester wore Vera Wang and posed with the designer at the launch of Vera's Lovestruck fragrance at Harrods in London today. The Gossip Girl actress is the face of the new scent, and Leighton kicked off work for Vera Wang with a photo shoot in NYC last November. She got similarly glamorous at Sunday's MTV Movie Awards, where she donned a sparkling Balmain mini on the red carpet. Leighton will continue to stay in the spotlight as she ramps up promotions for Monte Carlo, which comes out in July. First, though, she'll take the stage to perform a sold-out show at LA's Troubadour club with the band Check in the Dark on June 13.