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.
Jessica Biel and Leighton Meester are both starring in new commercials for Revlon and Vera Wang, respectively. Jessica's spot was directed by Darren Aronofsky (who also directed Black Swan), and it has a moody, stylized feel that's atypical for beauty commercials. It's a little bit reminiscent of Elizabeth Taylor's iconic White Diamonds ad in the way it's shot, too. But Leighton's ad is a totally different, rather romantic affair. To see her spot, just keep reading.
Vera Wang is like a ray of Spring sunshine in her slender yellow gown. Her raven-black hair is worn characteristically long and stick straight, and she embellishes with a leaf-shaped tiara. The effect is ethereal, like a woodland fairy. What do you think of Vera's bright gown?Vote on all of our Met Gala polls here!
Jennifer Hudson has undoubtedly been looking amazing lately, but tonight may be considered her biggest hit as of late. The songstress walked the red carpet decked out in a stunning Vera Wang gown that not only showed off her svelte physique, but highlighted her gorgeous locks as well. She wore a long, side ponytail, along with dark gray eyeshadow and a thick band of liner. She finished her look with a nude lip and onyx drop earrings. What's your thought on her gown?
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>> Vera Wang was on CNN this morning, weighing in who she hoped designed Kate Middleton's dress; but, now that it's been revealed to be Alexander McQueen's Sarah Burton, how do Burton's other designing colleagues rate the dress? (And one can't help but wonder what Alexander McQueen would have thought of a partnership between his label and Middleton, given that he once famously wrote "I am a c*nt" in the lining of a jacket destined for Prince Charles.) But without further ado . . .
Karl Lagerfeld: “[Middleton] is very elegant. The dress is classic and goes very well in the Westminster decor. It almost reminds me of (Queen) Elizabeth’s wedding, the royal weddings in the '50s. The proportion of the train is good. The lace is very pretty. I like the veil a lot.”
Christian Lacroix: “I like the dress very much, simpler than expected: A combination just in between 1956 Grace Kelly and 1947 Queen Elizabeth dress. I love the modest veil with the Queen Mother’s '30s scroll tiara and balanced volume of the whole gown. She’s radiant; she never was so beautiful. And Prince William’s red Irish uniform is gorgeous.”
Hubert de Givenchy: “The dress is very simple and very nice. The veil is a little flat, but because she has such a lovely face, she can afford to wear it this way. She is very pretty.”
Peter Copping of Nina Ricci: “Very much in a royal tradition, reminiscent of Queen Elizabeth’s — and a little bit Grace Kelly. She looks happy, radiant, and natural.”
Donatella Versace: "Kate's dress was beautiful. She looked very regal."
Prabal Gurung: “I thought it was pretty and appropriate. A high-profile wedding like this is not the place for making a crazy fashion moment. It sounds like an oxymoron but it was a personal moment in a very public place. The dress clearly said she’s a modern girl and of this generation. It was not McQueen at its theatrical sense but McQueen in its quiet but beautiful sense. I loved the bustle and how her silk tulle veil was moving softly in the wind.”
Jason Wu: “I thought Catherine’s dress looked stunning. The details were very well done and I loved the emphasis on craftsmanship and the use of British talent. Her choice to pay tribute to Alexander McQueen was both touching and exciting.”
Viktor & Rolf: “Kate’s dress was simply elegant. Her hair down was a beautiful and natural touch, and the tiara was stunning. She looked as at ease as humanly possible and was radiant. Our compliments.”
Diane von Furstenberg: “The dress was beautiful. I think she is irresistible, she is so beautiful. I am happy it was McQueen. It was absolutely the right thing to do. They made [the dress] simple, so it wasn’t costumey but a beautiful evening gown. I was happy for Sarah, happy for the Met, and happy for McQueen."
Tory Burch: “Kate looked stunning. Choosing Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen reflects Kate’s modern aesthetic and style, but the handmade lace details and craftsmanship are a great nod to British tradition. The lace, the clean lines of the dress, Queen Elizabeth’s tiara — every detail was stunning.”
Donna Karan: “The dress was extremely elegant. For me, it wasn’t so much about the dress though, it was all about her. She was the most beautiful bride in the world.”
Francisco Costa: “Kate’s dress had a classic elegance with a modern edge. The superb detailing really characterized Sarah’s expert hand.”
Oscar de la Renta: “She looked absolutely ravishing. She looked like a bride should look and she handled herself tremendously. And they look like a much loving couple. I am happy to see fresh blood coming into the family. It was a very traditional, beautiful dress which it needed to be for that kind of wedding. Most of all she devastated with her charm. Listen, she will wear anything and will look ravishing.”
Valentino: “I loved the dress . . . it was very simple and young even if a hint of Grace Kelly's dress spoke of 1950s! I loved the flounce on the back of the skirt and the little decoration all around the short veil. I loved the choice of the tiara: simple, pretty, very right for the dress and for her attitude . . . it was used almost as an hairpiece to keep the hair and the veil, not as a heavy decoration. Compared to the famous Diana’s dress, Diana’s was a dress of a fairy-tale princess . . . still a dress everybody remembers. Kate’s one is a very pretty, modern dress that will be copied everywhere but lacks that fairy-tale element. Today most of the new princesses are young, modern, nonroyal women who have clear ideas, independence from stiff protocol . . . they want to be themselves and not anymore a symbol of the crown.”
Reed Krakoff: “I thought the dress was very modern. It bridged the gap between modern and youthful, and was respectful to the position she is in. It didn’t look to traditional or expected though. I particularly liked the neckline. It was more youthful than I expected. The fact that the bodice was fitted and formfitting was great, because she is a beautiful young woman and it accentuated that.”
Leighton Meester and Vera Wang joined forces today for a great cause in the Big Apple. The actress paired Brian Atwood pumps with a floral skirt to help the designer light the Empire State Building red and white in honor of tonight's annual DKMS gala. DKMS is the world's largest bone marrow donation center, and its star-studded event helps raise funds for leukemia prevention. This year, Rihanna will be recognized for her work on behalf of the cause, joining past honorees like Cindy Crawford. The pop star became an advocate a few years ago when a young fan suffering from the disease, who has since passed away, reached out to her and sparked her to get involved with DKMS. Leighton is taking the opportunity to give back during her hiatus from Gossip Girl and will toast Rihanna alongside celebs like Pharrell Williams and Eva Mendes at this evening's charitable soiree.
Leighton Meester stepped out in NYC last night, rocking a twist on Spring classics. She balanced a Vera Wang botanical-print skirt with a neutral-hued button-down ($187) for a breezy, evening out look. Brian Atwood platforms dress it up; then we'd finish with a cool woven clutch ($355) and some delicate jewels. Just click the items above to shop a similarly styled ensemble.
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Frontrunner Bruce Oldfield Bows Out of Kate Middleton's Wedding Dress Race; Vera Wang Rumored to Be Involved Somehow
>> Bruce Oldfield, who has been tipped as the frontrunner to design Kate Middleton's wedding dress for months now, has confirmed that he is not Middleton's choice: “It has been such a subject of rumor and speculation over the past months, but I am not designing it. We will all know [on Friday] — and I thought I’d duck out of the ‘possibles list’ to give everyone 24 hours to place their final bets!” He added: “Catherine will undoubtedly look spectacular. She has a fantastic figure and knows well what suits her. I shall be intrigued to see her choice of design.”
With Oldfield out of the race, speculation is honing in on the other likely candidates who have not yet issued denials: Catherine Walker, a favorite of Princess Diana; Alice Temperley, and Daniella Helayel from Issa. Also entering late in the game: Jenny Packham, whose spokesperson said yesterday is “not commenting at all on the wedding.”
Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, Sophie Cranston of Libelula, and Phillipa Lepley have all also been reported as frontrunners, but all have denied repeatedly that they're working on the dress.
And Vera Wang's name has surfaced as having some kind of role in the wedding, but WWD thinks "that seems highly unlikely" — particularly that Wang, an American, would be chosen to do the dress. Although: sources apparently indicated that the designer may be involved at another level. A Vera Wang spokeswoman denied the designer is involved with the wedding, however, last night.
A newly-released Mario Testino portrait of the Middleton and Prince William, above.
Choosing a dress for your wedding is a momentous decision; you're going to be wearing it for one of the most important moments of your life, and you're going to be photographed A LOT in that dress. Those photographs will live on for a long, long time, so let's choose the best one, shall we? This week, we're all about the dress, peep our slideshow of the 25 most classically gorgeous wedding gowns around and stay tuned for more frock inspiration.