June 5, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Vera Wang, arguably the queen of red-carpet dressing, didn't go into the fashion business with stars in her eyes. She knew about its unglamorous side, the hard work and, especially, the risks. And there were plenty of doubts. But every time one person - and, she says, it really just takes one - understands what she's trying to express with a certain drape of a fabric, a particular color or a new silhouette, she's reminded of the reason she became involved in fashion, and why she's still in it: There's an indefinable payoff that comes when she's helped a woman look and feel her best.
August 30, 2012 |
David's Bridal Inc. , which calls itself the largest bridal-gown and wedding-accessories retailer in the United States, said Tuesday that the New York buyout firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice has agreed to buy control of the 300-store chain, based in Conshohocken, for a price that values the business at $1.05 billion. The current owner, Leonard Green & Partners , of Los Angeles, will stay on as a minority investor. Bank of America leads a group of Wall Street lenders financing the deal.
May 31, 2012 |
Modern-day wedding gowns are flush with vintage touches. Simple sheaths are embellished with lace overlays. Greek goddess gowns have drop waists, replete with pleats. Straight gowns boast ruffled hemlines, and tan, tea-length cocktail dresses are making "I do" debuts. What more proof do you need that bridal garb is going Gatsby? "It's romantic. It's feminine. It's simple," said Catalina Maddox-Wagers, fashion director at Conshohocken-based David's Bridal. "The 1920s are so big that what's happening in bridal fashion is actually preempting the movie.
February 27, 2012
The color of the night at the 84th annual Academy Awards was winter white, as celebrities from Jennifer Lopez to Octavia Spencer worked the red carpet in delicate and sparkling ecru gowns. After a 2012 award season that popped with saturated reds, greens, and blues, Sunday night's gown choices were on the pale side. But on Hollywood's classiest night of the year, we'd expect nothing less. The Oscars are about playing it radiant but low key, so nudes and creams are the obvious choice.
January 17, 2012
Thanks to fresh colors, amazing details, and updated plays on classic silhouettes, the Golden Globes were a talker. From Angelina Jolie's Atelier Versace gown to Mary J. Blige's Michael Kors, our social-media feed is still a-twitter about a handful of gowns seen on the red carpet. Academy Ball, anyone? Sarah Michelle Gellar's blue tie-dyed Monique Lhuillier featured major skirt drama and a little edge, but still managed to give us princess. We love, love, love Lea Michele's body-skimming Marchesa.
January 3, 2012 |
WHAT IS IT about the holidays that has so many people proposing? Aren't the feasts and presents enough? Joining the list of the newly engaged is 69-year-old Aretha Franklin , whose longtime friend William "Willie" Wilkerson made her feel enough like a natural woman that she said yes. The Queen of Soul, who has walked the aisle twice before, told the Associated Press in a statement yesterday that she and Willie are considering...
August 2, 2010 |
THERE WAS a big wedding over the weekend . . . and Tattle would like to congratulate Alicia Keys who wed Swizz Beatz (aka Kaseem Dean) Saturday. The pair is expecting their first child. Mr. Beatz has two sons from a prior marriage. Deepak Chopra conducted the ceremony. Also getting married over the weekend, according to Us Weekly , was Rapper T.I. (aka Clifford Harris) and longtime girlfriend, singer and BET reality star Tameka "Tiny" Cottle . The busy couple wed in Miami and partied there, in Atlanta and L.A. And in one of the most talked about weddings since Archie married Veronica, a beaming Chelsea Clinton wed Marc Mezvinsky in Rhinebeck, N.Y. Chelsea wore Vera Wang , thankfully not the duds she made for the Eagles cheerleaders.
June 13, 2007
COVER YOUR EYES, Vera Wang, 'cause here comes the bride - and there goes her expensive silk wedding gown. Into an outdoor water fountain. Or onto a beach to get covered with sand and surf. Or how about against a wall at the Eastern State Penitentiary? So much for a dress getting marred by just a bit of icing from smooshing cake into the groom's face during the reception. Some brides are going all out and completely trashing their dresses. In other words, after walking down an aisle, an adventurous bride might jump into a swimming pool so she can be captured floating - gown, veil and all - on her back against a bright-blue backdrop.
April 30, 2006 |
Britney, J. Lo, Christina Aguilera, even (gasp!) Star Jones. These red-carpet brides - and what they wear on their wedding day - are influencing women awaiting their turn in front of the paparazzi (er, wedding photographer). "A lot of what girls are looking at, unfortunately, is the red carpet. It can be good and tasteful. Or bad," says Juli Alvarez, fashion editor at Modern Bride magazine. Case in point is the celeb-inspired two-dress phenomenon: one gown for the ceremony, another for the reception.
March 6, 2006 |
We wait all year for this. Oscars come and Oscars go, but yes, finally, viewers were treated to a spectacularly egregious production number, the sort that sticks to the roof of the mouth and the shoals of memory, and won't let go for dear life. It was gorgeous. It was deplorable. It was Oscartastic. Kathleen "Bird" York sang Crash's lilting "Into the Deep" while cars burned and zombies rose behind her. You almost expected the Allstate man to emerge to make the claim. And how can you fault "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" for winning best song?