Vera Wang

New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 RTW: Vera Wang

The goddess of New York femininity stays true to her soft roots in her latest Spring collection. Like many other designers this season, extreme, bold colors seem to be the bond that holds the collection together. Reemerging this season with Vera Wang is the trend of lace and embroidered pieces, a staple for the designer that loves anything romantic and delicate. 

With Vera Wang, her clothes generally seem to take their shape with interesting forms and style lines. When this isn't the case, they tend to remain strikingly simple, allowing the fabrication to convey the feeling behind the piece. Amidst the spectrum of colors displayed in the show, is an electric yellow dress, free of complex engineering or patternmaking. The effortless silhouette is transformed into true fashion because of the alluring textile choice, allowing for a sexy, sheer look without coming near tasteless.

 

 

Whites and other neutral ensembles break up the flashy color story here and there, continuing their graceful personas. Here, along with a heavily embroidered skirt, is a simple top that is made interesting with a plunging neckline. The neckline is a curious addition, severe in nature, a contrast to the calm and serene flow of the other looks. It is a welcome addition to spice things up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Finally, I thought it would be a crime to not mention several of these icy blue looks, a color that seems to have been vacant from Spring for quite some time. Notice the classic neckline and the flattering shape of the positioning of shoulders and armholes that takes something standard and transcends it with a gorgeous fabric choice.

What are your thoughts on the collection? Let the Fashion Wrap Up team and me know, and be sure to follow us on Twitter!

Style Icon~ Charlize Theron

When we think about the most glamorous actresses in Hollywood, Charlize Theron tops that list. Award-winning roles in films like Monster, North Country and Young Adult have put Charlize at the top of best dressed lists for years and noted her as a serious fashion force. The South African beauty started her career as a model and her youthful good looks and glamorous demeanor landed her the gig as the face of J'adore Dior fragrance.

On the red carpet, Theron has a tendency to experiment with lust worthy heels and sandals, not to mention showing off her physique with edgier minis and daring necklines and slits. Moreover, the Prometheus star consistently finds balance between utterly sexy and totally sophisticated silhouettes.

Wearing designers like Christian Dior, Stella McCartney, Gucci and Rag & Bone allows the 36-year-old to go from red carpet starlet to casual cool effortlessly. Her off-duty style of tailored jackets paired with skinny denim jeans and go to trendy accessories serves as a fabulous style look book for any fashion forward and classic fashion lover.

Charlize has had a plethora of stunning red carpet looks over the years. Here we take a look at her ten best looks ever.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: Zimbio, People, InStyle

Vera Wang 2013 Collection

Color is all the rage this year for wedding dresses. White is no longer the staple, as we finally have color in the mix.  Vera Wang's Spring 2013 Collection is all about color. She is a visionary in the wedding gown industry by making us realize that wedding gowns are fashion. With this knowledge you have to be willing to stay fashion forward even with a wedding dress. Her 2013 collection is full of color: reds, plums and crimsons, all bold and stately colors.  

 

 

 

Would you wear a colored wedding dress?

~Shafonne Myers, CWEP/Editor Pretty Pear Bride/ @prettypearbride

Image Source:Vera Wang

Oscars 2012~ Viola Davis

Viola walked the red carpet in this elegant, emerald green, Vera Wang gown featuring an embroidered neckline.

The Best Actress nominee finished her look with emerald earrings, Jimmy Choo sandals, a Judith Leiber silver box clutch and a sparkling diamond cuff.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: Zimbio

Wedding Wednesdays~ Celebrity Wedding Gowns

Britney Spears & Jason Trawick Celebrate Holidays in New York | Britney Spears

Wedding attire is a big focal point for a wedding so we decided to mix bridal fashion with celebrities.  

Each week we will be featuring a celebrity along with a few picks for their wedding attire.  

First up on our list is singer Britney Spears. Britney and and longtime beau, Jason Trawick became engaged this past December.

 

 

Vera Wang "Hilary" Spring 2012

 

Britney Spears is a wild child at heart, and has already been married a couple of times.  Now she is engaged and set to walk down the aisle again. This time around, however, she is much more tame and would look sensational in this strapless Vera Wang lace dress. This look  is classic and very traditional.

 

 

Badgley Mischka A-line Fall 2012

 

 

 

Spears would also look amazing in something a little more daring and edgy, like this Badgley Mischka gown with a sexy plunging neckline.

~Shafonne Myers, CWEP/Editor Pretty Pear Bride

Image Source: People.com

Ten Best Looks of The Week~

Get the wrap up on the ten best looks of the week.

Actress Thandie Newton walked the red carpet at the Laureus World Sports Awards in London wearing this stunning single-shoulder, draped Osman column dress. Actress Emma Watson stepped out for Lancôme's pre-BAFTA bash at the Savoy Hotel in London wearing this red, lace Valentino cocktail dress featuring a beautiful bow accent at the waist.

 

Actress Diane Kruger went for high drama and ultimate glamor at the Berlinale Film Festival for the red carpet premiere of Farewell, My Queen in this sequined Giambattista Valli Haute Couture gown. Singer Katharine McPhee walked the red carpet at the NFL Honors Event in this short-sleeve, ivory Valentino cocktail dress.

 

 Actress Jenna Dewan stepped out for the LA premiere of her husband's new movie The Vow in this candy colored, long-sleeved Tadashi Shoji tired cocktail dress featuring flirty ribbon detailing at the waist.

Actress Sophia Bush attended the Los Angeles premiere of This Means War in this gorgeous cobalt blue, Olcay Gulsen dress featuring three-quarter length sleeves and daring central split.

 

Actress Gabrielle Union stepped out for the L.A. premiere of Think Like a Man in this black, strapless Amsale embroidered cocktail dress Actress Diane Kruger wore this printed 10 Crosby Derek Lam ensemble to the photo call for Farewell, My Queen.

 

Actress Lea Seydoux was radiant in this fiery red Prada dress featuring three-quarter length sleeves and a fishtail train at the Berlin Film Festival. The multi-talented Solange Knowles played up her shape in this printed Vera Wang mullet dress at the Runway to Win launch party.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: People, InStyle, Zimbio

Wedding Dress Trends for 2012

Without a doubt, there was one event last year that has had a major impact on the wedding industry: The Royal Wedding.

This event caused the wedding industry to sit up and take notice, especially in the wedding gown business. 

Because of this single event, wedding gowns have gone through a complete metamorphosis to include sleeves, texture, and even colors.    

Textures can be anything from embroidery and lace to designs made out of feathers or fur. All of these components are things that allow the bride to express her personality through her gown. Some brides are very traditional and conservative whereas some know they want to make a statement.

These elements can be used to personalize a dress to the bride's taste as well as make it blend in with her theme.   

Vera Wang has taken the lead with supplying the wedding industry with lots of color, including the notorious black wedding dresses. As for textures, Monique Lhuillier seems to be in the forefront with the incorporation of lace, chiffon, silk organza and tulle creating gorgeous lines.

1. Vera Wang {Spring 2012} - Hayley

2. Vera Wang {Spring 2012} - Harlow

3. Vera Wang {Spring 2012} - Holly

4. Vera Wang {Spring 2012}

5. Vera Wang {Spring 2012} - Hazel

6. Vera Wang {Spring 2012} - Harper 

7. Vera Wang {Fall 2012}

8. Vera Wang {Fall 2012}

 

9. Vera Wang {Spring 2012} - Hillary

10. Vera Wang {Spring 2012}

11. Monique Lhuiller {Fall 2012}- Coquette

12. Monique Lhuiller {Fall 2012} - Garland

13.Monique Lhuiller {Fall 2012} - Aurora

14. Monique Lhuiller {Fall 2012} - Emma

15. Amsale {Spring 2012} - Blue Label Penelope

16. Amale {Spring 2012 - Blue Label Summer

Sleeves are also a big hit this year. Sleeves are versatile and can be worn during the wedding for a more traditional feel, and then removed for the reception, giving the bride a more edgy, fun look. Jackets and boleros can also give the feel of sleeves but provide the versatility that brides are looking for, allowing for a wardrobe change to party the night away. Both options give a bride the added comfort of knowing that her shoulders, back and arms aren't exposed. 

17. Vera Wang {Spring 2012} - Henriette

18. Simone Carvalli {Spring 2012} - Corina

19. Monique Lhuiller {Fall 2012}- Heidi

20. Maggie Sottero {Fall 2012} - Symphony

21. Maggie Sottero {Fall 2012} 

22. Maggie Sottero {Fall 2012} 

23. Maggie Sottero {Fall 2012} 

All of these are just trends, which means they can change at any time.

~Shafonne Myers

Images: Martha Stewart Weddings

2012 Golden Globes~ Sofia Vergara

Sofia worked her curves in this sensational, strapless, sapphire Vera Wang custom gown.

The Modern Family star accessorized with over $5 million worth of sparkling diamonds from Harry Winston.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: Zimbio

2011 Emmy Awards~ Sofia Vergara

Sofia wore this sexy, single shoulder Vera Wang gown. The Modern Family actress accented her coral dress with dramatic emerald earrings. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

~Christy Pastore @christypastore 

Image Source: People

New York Fashion Week: Vera Wang

Vera Wang started her Tuesday show off with a clean slate -- icy whites on the runway doused in chiffon and short hemlines. Vera Wang's keen eye on proportion is what makes her collections so enchanting. Her Spring 2012 collection was no different. The bottoms ranged from super short to flowing maxi lengths, some use of "mullet" type dresses and skirts scattered throughout.

Another interesting theme was the constant use of a specific detail on a fabrication -- a circular mesh of what appears to be either eyelet or burnout dots swirling.
 As the collection continued, she delved deeper into bright colors, particularly a bursting lemon, which seems to be a popular color for the season. These bold colors mashed with wavy tribal prints is sure to get your mouth watering. Take a look at some of the highlights from the show:


Whirling Maxi-length chiffon skirt, waist-clamped blouse

White, asymmetrical dress, paired with shorts beneath

Introduction to yellow, tribal "mullet" skirt

Striped pants, belted blouse, edge-bound cover-up

Aquamarine, chiffon/burnout skirt, shorts beneath

Intense cobalt paired with striking prints and chiffon

 The collection displayed a wide range of color, cut, length, and wearability options that will make this another successful collection for the designer. Thoughts? What were your favorite parts from the show? Let myself and the rest of the FWU team know and be sure to follow us on Twitter for more NYFW updates!

- Keith Christopher @_kchristopher_
images via style.com

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