It’s all matrimonial this weekend*. Chelsea ended up wearing a strapless silk organza gown with a draped tulle bodice and an embellished belt by Vera Wang as seen in the photo above. Burberry creative director Christopher Bailey designed Marc Mezvinsky’s tuxedo as well as ties for the groomsmen and former president Bill Clinton. Secretary of State and mother-of-the-bride Hillary Clinton wore Oscar de la Renta.
*Our favourite Simpson got married today, too.
Rumoured to be wed to Marc Mezvinsky on July 31st, Chelsea Clinton has been seen visiting both Oscar de la Renta and Vera Wang in recent days which has caused much speculation over her official dress designer. My guess is for the de la Renta corner – considering the understated and almost political beauty of his dresses. Vera is the ultra-nuptial designer, but seems a little too daring for what you will see below, is a very HUGE affair.
Glass walled air conditioned tents – £386,000
Flowers (provided by Jeff Leathan, artistic director of the Four Seasons in Paris) – £321,000
Photos and videos – £26,000
Security – £129,000
Music – £26,000
Toilets (posh porta-cabins with porcelain seats, mood music and hot water) – £10,000
Wedding planner (rumoured to be Boston-based Bryan Rafanell) – £129,000
Alcohol (including wines named ‘Desire’ and ‘Embrace’) – £19,000
Food (tuna encrusted with horseradish and miso) – £80,000
Wedding dress – £16,000
Brides jewellery – £161,000
Groom tux – £1,300
Wedding rings – £6,400
Hair and make-up – £13,000
Cake (Gluten free for Chelsea) – £6,400
Wedding favours – £16,000
Lighting – £64,000
Satationary – £32,000
Tables – £64,000
Rehearsal dinner – £161,000
Catering staff – £48,000
Media consultant – £64,000
Transport – £321,000
Rabbi/priest – £3,200
Valet parking – £6,400
Aisle runner – £6,400
Total cost: £2.122million
I would happily be that aisle runner for a day. I’m pretty sure I’d get to finally meet Oprah.
Saks Fifth Avenue is about to become the only major retailer in the city to carry plus-sized womenswear by names like Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana. Coming very soon to the department store’s super high-end third floor, fall and winter plus-sized pieces will be mixed right in with existing stock—most of which would formerly have only been available in sizes ranging to a 10. Stock will reach size 14 across the board, and in some cases—depending on the brand—will go up to a size 20.
And we’re not just talking about smart suits and evening gowns for the ladies-who-lunch set (though they’ll have plenty to peruse, with extended sizes from Akris, Armani, Carolina Herrera, Escada, Donna Karan, St. John, Oscar de la Renta, Max Mara, Valentino and Michael Kors). Saks will also be stocking plus-sized pieces by the aforementioned Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana, as well as from Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Fendi and Roberto Cavalli.
Fair warning, ladies: Don’t wait for markdowns if you have your heart set on something. As with many of the high-priced pieces in high-priced venues, we’re told only one of each size will be stocked for most pieces. And, if this New York roll-out is deemed successful, other Saks stores will be following suit.
Lela Notes: These are quoted in US sizes. The plus-size world is making some big (no pun intended…kind of) strides.
Christophe Decarnin is the brains behind Balmain. Oh my, what big brains he has.
In a little less than two seasons, Decarnin managed to take the label from the sartorial backburner and turn it into one of the most replicated brands in the high street today. How? A far cry from the delicate pieces worn by Sophia Loren and Ava Gardner when Balmain was emerging, Christophe has managed to keep the quality and inject it with a universal, edgy and polished style that even Mr. Oscar de la Renta couldn’t achieve in his 8 years designing for the label.
As A/W 2010 took a more feminine turn, his ultra-flattering collections will be sure to continue to change our wardrobe staples in the seasons to come.