Spring/summer 2014 looks debuted on the runway a month ago, and if you’re anything like us, then patience isn’t exactly your strongest suit. Instead of waiting for the snow to melt, we sprung forward to next season for trends that we can wear now—and beyond. At Milly, Elizabeth and James, and Vera Wang, athleticism was the name of the game, with mesh integrated into tops, skirts and dresses. Layer the netted fabric over long-sleevers for wintry days and wear it solo, come spring. On the 3.1 Phillip Lim, Lanvin and Marc by Marc Jacobs runways, light-refracting iridescent pieces were the star players. Gravitate toward mesmerizing holographic dresses and skirts (perfect for holiday parties) or keep the high-shine material to a minimum with a small clutch. We shopped out 10 spring trends that pull their weight (two seasons’ worth of weight, in fact). Relevant until at least next fall, start racking up fashion mileage points now with these investment pieces that essentially pay for themselves in wear count alone.
Vera Wang’s fall 2014 bridal collection was all about one hue: pink! Ever the innovator, Wang snubbed white once again (not that we’re shocked) and showed wedding gowns in vibrant hues of petal, rose, coral and peony — with bow details and large flower appliqués to match. “Pink as sensual, pink as seductive, pink as dreamy, pink as sophisticated, pink as strong, pink as cool. Think pink!” Wang stated about the collection. We are loving the designer’s bolder take on bridal, and the details on the dreamy gowns certainly popped. The dresses, in both voluminous and slinky silhouettes, breezed down the runway to the tunes of a music box and featured the intricate craftsmanship Wang’s bridal house is known and revered for. This collection certainly screamed modern bride, and it has us rethinking nuptial style. Click through the gallery to see the entire collection.
We have an idea of what Sofia Vergara might wear to the Golden Globes, but what about her wedding? People StyleWatch reported that Vergara (who’s engaged to businessman Nick Loeb) has her eyes set on Vera Wang. “I want something modern and elegant. I’ve been married before, so nothing too traditional or crazy,” she explained earlier this week. We hear you! With Vergara’s penchant for sexy body-hugging silhouettes, we found six dresses that fit the bill (granted, we broadened our scope to include other designers). Click through to see the gorgeous gowns we picked out for Vergara’s big day.
Nobody parties like the stars, so Hollywood’s elite offer the ultimate inspiration when it comes to making it official. Chrissy Teigen (who rounded up an impressive tally of three Vera Wang wedding dresses for the occasion) and John Legend’s romantic Italian wedding was no exception—they exchanged vows in front of 125 guests. On the other end of the spectrum, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds tied the knot in a secret ceremony in South Carolina, away from prying eyes (and cameras). Keira Knightley went for something a tad unconventional, celebrating her nuptials in a sweet knee-length dress already in her closet and a floral crown. From towering cakes to stolen kisses, we’ve compiled our all-time favorite moments to create the ultimate celebrity wedding album.
There’s a reason Sofia Vergara looked amazing at the 2013 Emmy Awards—her red-hot Vera Wang gown was custom-made to fit and flatter her every curve. “Vera offered to make a dress for me, and of course I was very flattered,” the stunning actress told InStyle.com at the launch event for her latest Kmart collection. “My hair is blonde this year, and I wanted a contrast. She was willing to do two very beautiful red dresses in different shades for me,” she said. But what really had everyone atwitter (and tweeting) on Emmy night was when Vergara publicly announced she was wearing Kmart underwear. “I always wear Kmart underwear because they’re super-cute,” she told us. “Last year, I had a wardrobe malfunction and you could see everything. This year, I was prepared because you never know!” Her Kmart lingerie line launched late last year, and she’s been busy ever since creating new collections, including her upcoming fall/holiday line that plays up the aesthetics of her two favorite cities: New York City smart-chic and Los Angeles glamour. “I get very excited for fall/holiday because women want to look fancier, more elaborate, glamorous—we had a lot of fun picking materials and designs,” she added, calling out the black leggings with faux leather panels as one of her favorite pieces. And finally, with the Golden Globes right around the corner in January, we had to ask if she has a gown in mind. ”I might wear the leftover [custom Vera Wang],” she said. “It was beautiful, too. If I don’t find anything else, maybe I’ll wear that one because it was stunning.”
Plus, see all of Sofia Vergara’s best looks.
And no, we’re not talking about the clothing! Designers went all out in decorating their catwalks for Fashion Week by setting the tone and scene with landscapes, props, and yes, even fragrance. While fashion shows run for only a few minutes, the runway designs this year got as detailed and staged as a full-day photo shoot to really give the audience a look at the designer’s vision. Tommy Hilfiger took viewers on a trip to the beach, decorating the venue in sand and weathered wood against a sky blue backdrop, while Vera Wang complemented her sporty ensembles with a chromed-out glass effect. In one of the more scent-sational takes on Fashion Week, Prabal Gurung pumped a heady mix of Bulgarian rose and amber into New York City’s Skylight at Moynihan Station to further emphasize his vision of “the preservation of an elegant woman.” The venue was lined in a mirrored finish, while a plastic rectangular prism hung from the ceiling, where models stood inside before taking a walk down the runway. But that’s not all — DKNY allowed spectators to get in on the fun with an open-air atmosphere, and Opening Ceremony’s girls got the five-star treatment, getting chauffeured onto the catwalk in Fast and Furious-esque muscle cars. With all the exciting new additions to this season’s shows, we’re wondering, what’s next for fall 2014? Models hitting the runway from a helicopter? Only time will tell!
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Designer: Vera Wang
Notable Guests: Chrissy Teigan, John Legend
Location: Stage, Lincoln Center
What was it like: A pristine backlit blue runway ran down the center of the room, which was strictly off-limits before the show.
Why we love this collection: The collection explores an “artful and architectural approach to clothes,” with references to athleticism, which came into play when models walked out in ponytails tucked into matching black headbands. The designer centered her looks around primary colors, mixing reds, yellows and blues with black-and-white layers, all-over sequins and hand-painted brush strokes. Mesh-and-net collage panels, racerback silhouettes, palazzo pants (under flowy sheer dresses) and floral arm bands strengthened the sporty theme without completely abandoning Wang’s romantic aesthetic.
Vera Wang just rolled out her new bridal, bridesmaids, and accessories styles for her White line, stocked exclusively at David’s Bridal, and it’s full of looks for the modern bride that cost a fraction of what one of her runway designs would. The collection is in stores just in time for fall ceremonies and features the same elements Wang is known for, including textured organza, grosgrain sashes, crystal embellishments, and crinkled chiffon. And it’s trendy: Two new colors are available within the five new bridal gowns, priced at $728 to $1,348, silver (Sterling) and beige gray (Oyster). Wang also released several new bridesmaid dress options for $158 to $198—yes, these can actually be worn again—and an array of accessories, like veils and sashes. Click to see new styles and shop them at davidsbridal.com.