While some celebs love to show off their bods when getting hitched, others like to cover up in dainty and demure gowns. Kate Middleton, Ivanka Trump, Lauren Bush, and Lily Allen all said "I do" in dresses that covered up their arms and decolletage and had ladylike details like lace and beads. If you're right up these ladies' alley, we've handpicked 10 equally beautiful gowns for your big day. If not, check out sultry white gowns inspired by Rihanna's Harper's Bazaar shoot. Be sure to also catch up on our entire network's wedding coverage.
Blake Mycoskie and Lauren Bush are teaming up for the ultimate do-good, feel-good fashion collab with a TOMS + FEED limited edition shoe collection, launching exclusively online on April 1. The shoes cost $58 and feature TOMS' signature shoe silhouette and FEED's iconic stamp and burlap fabric. “Blake and I have a great friendship and our respective organizations have a lot in common, living in the space of for-profit social businesses," said Lauren Bush. "Blake has always been an active supporter of FEED, as I am of TOMS, so we’ve talked about collaborating for a while. I'm thrilled that we were finally able to make it happen and bring more awareness to each of our causes, more credibility to socially-aware enterprises and more assistance to people globally.” Each purchase provides 12 school meals and one pair of new shoes will be given to a child in need. In fact, we can't think of a better way to support the cause — and look cute while doing so. Check out the slideshow to see the collection and make note to shop a pair at TOMS.com on April 1 before they sell out.
Privileged and beautiful, Lauren Bush, the niece of former President George W. Bush, is also a big philanthropist. TrèsSugar recently sat down with Bush for an interview, in which the model spilled the deets about FEED, a project she founded to fight world hunger. Bush gave advice on how busy women can find the time to give back:
"I feel lucky that I've been able to integrate giving back into my job, so it's all one in the same, which is not necessarily the case for most. But most companies do offer opportunities to volunteer or encourage that to some extent, and if they don't, it's a thing to push for. It can be this overwhelming thing to be like, 'I need to find the cause that I'm so passionate about. I need to jump headfirst.' And at some point people might do that, but in the meantime, just dabble and learn and find small things you can do. Like my brother — this isn't small; it's actually quite huge — but he's a Big Brother. And it's changed his life, changed this little kid's life. And it's just the coolest thing. It's a big time commitment to open your life up to a kid, but he loves it. You don't always need to start your own, and nor should most people."
It's always good to start small and to be realistic about your time commitments. You need to pick activities that are doable because giving back should always feel fulfilling and not like something that you feel obligated to do.
Lauren Bush is much more than a pretty face and famous last name. This past weekend at Pixar Animation Studios, Lauren spoke about giving back creatively at the Intersection Event, a conference on innovation.
Before her panel, I caught up with the newlywed model and founder of FEED, a project to fight world hunger in conjunction with UN World Food Programme. She shared her relationship advice, as well as the issue she hopes women will pay more attention to and details about her upcoming FEED back. Read our interview below.
TrèsSugar: How have your relationship and career priorities changed with age?
Lauren Bush: "It's been a flow to this point. I don't think there's a perfect science to it. Maybe there is and in that case I'd love to know. I don't have kids yet, therefore I can travel more easily perhaps. I think it's about doing what you love. FEED for me is like my arm. It's like second nature. I feel like I'm in this rare awesome position where getting up to go to work isn't really work, it's exciting. If you find something you love, it melds naturally. To be an entrepreneur is all consuming. And lucky enough, my husband was an entrepreneur himself, is very entrepreneurial, so he just gets it. It's also about surrounding yourself with people who will support your passion."
TS: What piece of relationship advice would you share with young women?
LB: "Don't sweat the small stuff."
TS: Who are your female role models?
LB: There are more women now than when we started five years ago that I can look to. Sheryl Sandberg (the COO) from Facebook. I saw her speak and she's so inspiring. Also, Somali Moms, a foundation in Cambodia with this amazing woman. And Christie Brinkley and what she's been doing with Every Mother Counts is really inspiring.
Stella McCartney celebrated the opening of her latest boutique with a star-studded soiree in NYC last night. The SoHo outpost drew an impressive crowd of fashionable faces like Naomi Watts, Liv Tyler, and newlyweds David Lauren and Lauren Bush Lauren. The Laurens are fresh off a romantic getaway to Jamaica where David lounged shirtless and Lauren slipped into a bikini while relaxing on the beach with Stella's dad, Sir Paul McCartney.
Following the store opening, the designer led a group of editors to Manhattan's One If by Land, Two If by Sea for a sneak peek at the Stella McCartney Autumn 2012 collection. Funny guy Jason Sudeikis popped by for a quick appearance. Jason's girlfriend, newly short-haired Olivia Wilde, couldn't join since she's prepping for the 2012 award season. Stella likewise has a busy schedule ahead, with Spring Fashion Week kicking off in the Big Apple on Feb. 9.
Lauren Bush Lauren wore a polka-dot bikini yesterday while on vacation in Jamaica with her husband, David Lauren. The newlyweds weren't enjoying a getaway for just themselves — they were joined by David's dad Ralph, mom Ricky, and family friends Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell! Paul's children James, Stella, and Beatrice went on the Caribbean trip too. Fifty-one-year-old Nancy wore a bikini for their day in the sun that included lounging by the water, swimming, and even snorkeling. Both the McCartneys and the Laurens just wrapped up exciting 2011s! Lauren and David married at Ralph's Colorado ranch in September, while Paul and Nancy tied the knot in London during October.
>> They're making their lists — and checking them twice. Here come the holidays, and who better to spread the cheer than some of our favorite fashionable insiders? From the super-luxe accessories topping Melissa Coker's and Leandra Medine's lists to the souped-up sporting goods desired by Yigal Azrouel and Peter Som, here's a look at what those in the know are coveting this season. See who's hoping for Burberry, who's hoping for Hermes, and who's just hoping for some sleep — plus, glean gift-giving ideas from Anna Sheffield, Lauren Bush Lauren, Derek Lam, Stephanie LaCava, and more — all here, in the slideshow.
Lauren Bush and David Lauren married at his father, Ralph's, Ridgway, CO ranch Sept. 4, and they're now sharing images from the special day in the Charlize Theron-covered December issue of Vogue. Photographer Mark Seliger snapped Lauren in a carriage en route to her nuptials, which she described as having a "rustic elegance." After a honeymoon on Italy's Amalfi coast, the couple reunited in the Big Apple to do an official portrait with Norman Jean Roy.
David shared the story of his proposal with the magazine, saying he surprised Lauren last year with a special room filled with just photos of their relationship at NYC's Metropolitan Museum of Art. He told the magazine, "I created our own exhibition of our life together. And I got down on my knee and proposed. Then we went outside and took a carriage ride with a clarinetist and a saxophonist following us." Lauren spoke about the process of creating her gown, which looked a lot like Kate Middleton's, with Ralph Lauren. She said, "I wanted something modern as well, so there is the high-necked collar and puffed shoulders with the large open back.” Lauren went wild with the Western theme, pairing the elegant frock with a pair of cowboy boots.
>> Lauren Bush and David Lauren were married over Labor Day after at his family's 17,000-acre Double RL ranch in Ridgway, Colorado, before some 200 guests. Now, a few pictures — including engagement shots —have been released in the upcoming December 2011 issue of Vogue.
The general look of the wedding — which included a rodeo the day after the ceremony — was “rustic elegance,” Bush Lauren explained. “A beautiful movie,” David adds, “like you were riding across the Old West and you stopped in at a wedding.”
Bush Lauren wore Ralph Lauren on her wedding day, of course. She and the designer had a few casual conversations about the sort of dress she'd like at family meals and holiday weekends, and then in late June they met at the Ralph Lauren studio for an official design meeting. “I walked in, and there were these beautiful illustrations of the looks we’d discussed with my face on them,” she recalls. “It was like a dream come true. We sat together and arrived at this silhouette. It isn’t Victorian exactly. I wanted something modern as well, so there is the high-necked collar and puffed shoulders with the large open back.”
The long-sleeved gown was the product of 100 craftspeople spending more than 3,000 hours hand-embroidering featherweight, antique ivory tulle with flower motifs and scroll designs using ivory silk and metallic thread, Swarovski Elements crystals, and off-white pearl beads. The bride and her five bridesmaids — who were dressed in white linen blouses, vests, and vintage prairie skirts — all wore cowboy boots. Bush Lauren's something new? The dress and boots. Her something old? Her headpiece. Her something borrowed? Victorian earrings from a friend. And her something blue? “I wore blue socks,” she laughed.
Jessica Alba and Cash Warren were among the famous guests who turned out last night for "An Evening With Ralph Lauren," which was hosted by Oprah Winfrey at NYC's Lincoln Center. Other ladies who love Ralph's designs, like Naomi Watts, Uma Thurman, and Kerry Washington, hit the blue carpet solo. Jerry Seinfeld and his wife Jessica posed as a pair. Ralph had the support of his family at the event, which was a benefit for the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention and Lincoln Center, including sons Andrew and David, daughter Dylan, and wife Ricky. David, who married Lauren Bush just over a month ago, proudly sported his new ring as he and his wife mingled and said hi to Naomi.
Ralph and Oprah sat on stage to talk about the designer's lengthy career, and what continues to inspire him. Naomi Watts shared her thoughts on Ralph's body of work as well. She said, "He's been famous for so long. I grew up following him. Ralph Lauren is a great American icon, and he's here along with another great American icon. It's my pleasure to be here."