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 Vogue 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.
The Ultimate Dress Shop: Little White DressesNow's the time to send your LBD on vacation and embrace the just-as-versatile warm-weather version: The Little White Dress. Whether you opt for crisp cotton or soft, feminine lace, this seasonal staple will carry you through just about any occasion the outdoor season brings (and no, you don't have to wait until after Memorial Day to wear it!). Take it to a polished, sophisticated place with a tailored blazer and heels, or get into the music festival groove by adding a boho twist. And as late spring days stretch into lovely, long summer ones, the only accessory you'll need is glowing skin.
—TRACEY LOMRANTZ LESTER, Editorial Director