There's no doubt that Vera Wang is an immensely talented designer but she's also equally, if not more lately, a very talented business women. She's pretty much monopolized the U.S. wedding market at this point, putting her name on everything from high and low-priced gowns and accessories, to registry items like bedding (even mattresses) and table wear, to wedding invitations and floral arrangements. She even wrote a book in 2001 called Vera Wang on Weddings.
Today, WWD reported that Vera's adding engagement rings to her growing stock of nuptial-minded materials. Months after the announcement of her debut collection for David's Bridal, the designer's now partnering with Zales on "Vera Wang Love," a collection of engagement rings, wedding bands and solitaire jewelry to be sold at over 500 of the retailer's stores in the U.S.
Now that she's checked engagement rings off her list, what wedding day duds (or products) do you think Vera should stamp her name on next?
Kardashian was seen leaving the Vera Wang Bridal studio with the designer in June. Photo: bauergriffinonline.com
Kim Kardashian has confirmed that designer Vera Wang will be designing her gown for the big day. The reality television star -- who is set to wed basketball player Kris Humphries on Aug. 20 -- took to her blog to make the big announcement. She said, "I am so excited to reveal that Vera Wang is my wedding dress designer. Vera has been a close family friend for a long time and we had talked about this moment for years, so when it came to picking my wedding dress designer she was the first person I thought of. No one designs gowns the way she does!" She continued, "I know that Vera can make my dream come true and create the most perfect gown for my special day."
Are you surprised that Kim chose Vera to designer her wedding gown?
To some women, the dress is more important than the actual wedding. But with all the planning, seating arrangements and searching for the perfect DJ, sometimes dreams of the perfect gown are flushed down the toilet.
No one understands this more than our friends over a Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com. They recently held their seventh annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress contest and the winner -- Susan Brennan from Orchard Lake, MI. -- built a nature-inspired gown complete with flowers and feathers. She constructed the dress with 4 rolls of toilet paper, hot glue and packing tape, creating impressive pleats on the bodice.
Laura Lee from Milpitas, CA. (left, below) was awarded $500 and chosen for second place for her tiered and strapless design. Cynthia Richards from Marietta, GA. (right, below) used 20 rolls of toilet paper to create the gown inspired by her business partner's dream. She won third place and $250.
While it would be hard for these ladies to pass down the dresses to their family members (imagine the storage woes!), the frocks are still pretty practical -- if the bride starts getting teary-eyed on her big day all she has to do it rip a square of her dress!
Kate Moss may have just tied the knot but that doesn't mean we have forgotten her past. With ex-boyfriends like Johnny Depp, Pete Doherty, Dazed & Confused founder Jefferson Hack and Mark Wahlberg (potentially when he still went by Marky Mark) we thought it was worth a romantic retrospective.
Take a peek in our gallery below for some serious throwback man candy.
Director-actor Ed Burns gave his fans and Twitter followers a glimpse into the message behind Tiffany & Co.'s "What Makes Love True?" campaign. On Wednesday afternoon, the "Will You Marry Me?" director sat down with StyleList for a Twitter chat, and opened up about everything from his burgeoning relationship with Tiffany's, to his professed love for Woody Allen. Here are some of our favorite moments:
Tiffany & Co.: When asked how he got into the romance-centered film project, Burns noted: "I've been shopping at Tiffany for years [...] it just made sense." He also tapped the famed brand for wife Christy Turlington's engagement ring.
"Will You Marry Me?,": Burns loved working with the real-life couples seen in the film, and "hearing their stories which were fun, romantic, and beautiful." The short film is also "a real-world continuation" of his recent film "Newlyweds."
New York City: The seasoned director found his New York couples through the normal casting process, but his subjects and their stories were so compelling, perhaps because they hail from New York City. Burns -- borrowing from "The Great Gatsby" -- remarked that New York City is full of "wild promise."
"Breakfast at Tiffany's": Burns came down hard on this one, saying that the classic film "shouldn't be touched."
What Makes Love True? In response to the question everyone wanted to know, Burns said: "True love is finding someone you know you care about more than yourself, you can laugh with, grow with, change with."
So what makes love true to you? Let us know in the comments section below.