Sometimes, if you want something done, you've got to do it yourself. That's the approach Vera Wang took to dressing for her own nuptials, designing a gown that jump-started her career. Now, we know her as the woman behind the covetable bridal couture we love, but Vera Wang dishes to Chelsea Handler that everyone starts somewhere — watch the clip!
Sandra Bullock's crimson Vera Wang gown is as classic as her red lipstick and soft updo. It's a great example of successfully coordinating clothing and makeup, and the color accentuated her skin and hair beautifully. But do you like the look, or do you think she played it too safe?
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>> Last May, when Balenciaga severed its 12-year relationship with public relations firm PR Consulting, rumors circulated that it was the result of a Balenciaga designer leaving to work for one of the firm's other clients and that some of the client's designs were too similar to Balenciaga. Now, WSJ. reports that insiders at PPR say Nicolas Ghesquiere felt slighted by the attention Pierre Rougier was giving to Versace, his newest client, at the Costume Institute gala last year. It's worth noting the decision to drop PR Consulting was made within two weeks of the gala at the beginning of May.
At the time of the severance, Rougier said: “It’s been a wonderful 12-year adventure with Balenciaga and I really wish Nicolas and Balenciaga all the best and lots of luck going forward. It’s been really great and I really don’t want it to seem any other way.” And now, he tells WSJ. simply, "I love Nicolas."
Post-Balenciaga, Rougier seems to be doing fine. Alongside Versace, he counts among his clients Yves Saint Laurent, Jil Sander, Dries Van Noten, and Proenza Schouler. He is "notoriously picky about whom he takes on," according to the WSJ., and "can lift a brand to another level . . . his job is to keep the Americans, whose critical opinions drive international buying trends, in line."
Vera Wang president Mario Grauso avers this fact — one of the first things he did when joining Wang a year and a half ago was hire Rougier: "Vera had gone dark — hadn't done enough media, wasn't dressing celebrities. Pierre helped me change that. We [at Vera Wang] can veer a little too mainstream, a little too bridal-y. I wanted to be edgier and Pierre knew how to do that." Grauso also credits Rougier with bringing top European press to Wang's shows, admitting it's "something we couldn't do without him."
But cultivating brands isn't all Rougier aspires to — apparently he wants to get more involved with advising the venture capital and investment side of fashion, WSJ. reports: "Too many backers choose the wrong horse in the race, he says, and then are flummoxed when throwing money at the problem doesn't solve it."
>> As New York Fashion Week winds down, we gathered the final installment of our favorite backstage snaps – including Proenza Schouler’s Lazaro Hernandez styling Caroline Brasch Nielsen pre-show, a close-up look at Rodarte’s incredible prairie-inspired boots and the fabulous long wavy dos at Phillip Lim. Enjoy more in the slideshow!
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Vera Wang conjured up a romantic story for her Fall 2011 collection filled with pretty pleats. Her inspiration, the "English aristocracy of the 1930s," was translated into an abundance of modern elegance via sheer chiffon pleated gowns dipped in autumnal-appropriate hues. Dressy confections on their own, but Vera gave it her own fresh twist by pairing them with an amazing selection of slick coats — ranging from leather and techno-mesh creations to downright decadent oversized hood jackets — all lined with fox fur.
Furthering her functional yet fancy vibe were perfectly scrunched leather gloves and sky-high platform booties. And while the collection lacked variety, Wang showed the perfect juxtaposition between femininity and function. We can already imagine the Oscar-attending A-listers knocking down her door . . .
- Trends: Ethereal pleated dresses, fur-trimmed utility coats.
- Colors: Loden, gray, wine, ivory, mustard.
- Key Looks: Racer-back sheer pleated gown, pants with half plisse skirt attached.
- Accessories: Scrunched leather gloves, leather platform boots.
- Who Would Wear It: Red-carpet attendees and the daring girl about town.
New York Fashion Week Dispatches from Lane Crawford Fashion Director Sarah Rutson — Monday and Tuesday
>> You've met Lane Crawford Fashion Director Sarah Rutson and gotten her thoughts on shows like Alexander Wang and Altuzarra from the first part of New York Fashion Week. As the week carries on, find out what she did for Valentine's Day yesterday and her thoughts on Marc Jacobs's show. More in the slideshow — including Sarah's catch-up with Anna Dello Russo!
Day six, and lots on our radar in the form of fur, sheer, longer hemlines, and other major Fall trends. Day after day it's a whirlwind of fashionable fodder and collections we're coveting from a range of designer favorites. Among the top 10 today: Vera Wang's cranberry sheer confection, leather from Diesel Black Gold, and our new go-to retro-inspired day dress from Marc by Marc Jacobs. Click through to get a glimpse of today's top 10.
Fashion Week is coming into the home stretch, and as we get further on, it seems like the looks are becoming increasingly theatrical. Today, we saw everything from windblown sylphs at Rodarte to grungy goddesses at Diesel Black Gold. It was an interesting assemblage of looks, but no one missed their chance to make a statement.
Vera Wang's Fall 2011 collection — perhaps inspired by Black Swan — conjured up a fashion-forward ballerina with a bit of edge. Pleated chiffon dresses of the floaty, diaphanous variety were paired with sporty-luxe fur-trimmed anoraks and further contrasted by a futuristic beauty look consisting of smoky eyes and unfussy, slicked-back hair. Wang's autumnal palette ranged from delicious taupes and chocolates to ruby reds and whisper pinks, and black elbow-length leather gloves reinforced the modern vibe. Watch our runway coverage now to get a peek at the full army of lovely frocks!