Wedding planning Web site, TheKnot.com, has inspired millions of brides, grooms, and gift givers since its launch in 1996. Carley Roney, Editor-in-chief and founder, has seen bridal trends come and go during her 14 years covering bridal fashion. We asked for her take on Vera Wang’s influence since founding her business.
How would you describe Vera Wang’s influence on bridal design over the last 20 years?
Carley Roney: By combining classic style with couture, one-of-a-kind touches, Vera Wang has managed to modernize bridal fashion over the last 20 years unlike anyone else. I love that Vera’s never afraid to be bold, and it’s that fearlessness that’s had a huge influence on bridal fashion. Whether it’s just a simple black grosgrain belt or oversized horsehair bow or even head-to-toe hues like royal purple or lime green, Vera always has a unique ability to make trendy touches feel timeless, which has given brides and designers alike the courage and curiosity to play outside the lines.
Is there a gown that stands out in your mind as quintessentially Vera Wang?
Carley Roney: A gown designed by Vera can always be recognized. I instantly think of fabric manipulation – folds and pleats, swirled layers and twists. Lately, my favorite fabric manipulation is the graphic screen-printed flowers that walked the runway in the Fall 2010 Collection – it was truly one-of-a-kind. Most recently, we featured a Vera Wang gown with this fabric manipulation on the cover of the Fashion Issue of The Knot magazine (Spring 2010)—you can see the layer of screen-printed organza peeking through the tulle skirt (it’s amazing in person!)—add a figure-hugging corset, layers of frothy tulle and a waist-cinching black sash, and I think it captures Vera’s design aesthetic perfectly—playful, classic, elegant and edgy all rolled into one.
What have been the biggest changes in bridal dressing over the last 20 years?
Carley Roney: Over the last 20 years, the classic strapless ball gown has remained popular. It’s timeless and will always look gorgeous. However, this classic silhouette is finally fashion-forward and I think Vera has had a huge influence on that. Brides aren’t afraid to be trendy, and that’s great, as long as you always stay true to yourself.
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