From Jennifer Lopez and Chelsea Clinton to your cousins Jennifer and Chelsea, millions of brides have said "I do" in a Vera Wang wedding gown. A New York City native and former competitive figure skater, Wang had spent 15 years honing her discerning eye as an accessories editor at <i>Vogue</i> before launching her household-name brand of understated bridalwear in the late 1980s. Her dresses and gowns are for women who adore classic, minimalist style — think draping fabrics and flattering shapes that derive their glamour from texture and stitching instead of sequins and sparkles. Since 2004 Wang has applied the same ultra-feminine aesthetic to Vera Wang Lavender Label: a line of ready-to-wear women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories awash in muted colors, rich fabrics, and luxe details. Lavender’s coveted dresses, metallic jackets, embellished ballet flats, leather boots, and other creations are consistently chic; Wang’s thoughtful silhouettes are romantic, thoughtful, and slightly whimsical all at once. Aside from clothing and bridalwear, Wang's creations include perfume, fine jewelry, stationery, bedding, and hotel room décor. She’s also created the collaborative labels Simply Vera (with Kohl’s), Vera Wang for Hartmann (luggage), and White by Vera Wang (with David’s Bridal) to bring her inimitable style to the mass market.
New York-native Vera Wang opened her bridal salon in 1990 at the renowned Carlyle Hotel on Madison Avenue. Famous for infusing romance and modernity into wedding gowns, Vera Wang’s clientele look to her for subtle sophistication and understated elegance. She honed her talents during a sixteen-year tenure at Vogue where she earned the title of Senior Fashion Editor and then moved to Ralph Lauren where she worked as design director until ultimately leaving to open her own boutique. Today, Wang's vision has expanded to footwear, fragrance, eyewear, and home furnishings. In 2005, the prestigious Council of Fashion Designers of America named Vera Wang as Womenswear Designer of the Year. Her collections are distributed worldwide in top stores including Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue and now, Gilt Groupe is pleased to introduce Vera Wang to our esteemed list of designers.
Big deals on big names: Save on this illustrious selection that runs the high-fashion gamut. Check out standouts like casual threads in luxe fabrics—like Geren Ford's silk shifts and jumpsuits—and sleek cocktail dresses in jewel tones from Tocca and Laila Azhar.
We love it when couture designers take on ready-to-wear. Badgley Mischka’s Mark + James line does wonders with black jersey, embellishing it with stones and sequins and creating racerback dresses in mini and maxi lengths. Vera Wang’s Lavender Label uses thoroughly modern tailoring to craft frocks, tops, jackets and trenches that look ladylike and elegant yet up-to-the-moment.
Looking for a way to top off your look this season? Consider one of these warm, stylish coats and gorgeous, plush jackets. Or, snag a flowing cape or cutaway poncho; what we consider to be the ideal transitional pieces to help welcome warmer temps.