Ralph Lauren Steps Down as CEO of Fashion, Home Decor Empire – NBC News

NEW YORK — Ralph Lauren is stepping down as CEO of the fashion and home decor empire that he founded nearly 50 years ago.The New York-based company announced Tuesday that Stefan Larsson, who has been the global president of Gap’s low-price Old Navy chain for three years, will succeed him.The change will be effective in November, and Larsson will report to Lauren who will continue to drive the company’s vision and strategy as executive chairman and chief creative officer.

Source: Ralph Lauren Steps Down as CEO of Fashion, Home Decor Empire – NBC News

Tradition! This Bride’s 120-Year-Old Dress Has Been Worn 11 Times

Very few of my friends have worn traditional wedding dresses. One designed her own knee-length lace shift, another wore a flurry of royal blue fabric. There was a Grecian-style dress for the only church wedding, in New Orleans, and those getting married this fall are embracing color! Not to mention thoroughly modern silhouettes. I don’t know if this is only a New York thing, but an increasing number of brides seem to be ditching tradition in favor of a wedding that says, “This is me!”And then there’s Abigail Kingston of Pennsylvania. The 30-year-old bride to be might as well walk down the aisle to the Fiddler on the Roof song. She’s wearing a silk and lace gown that looks like a faded Belle (of the Beast) Halloween costume, but has actually been in her family for 120 years, worn by 11 different brides. “The sleeves were disintegrating, the dress was filled with holes and the satin had turned an unattractive brown,” reports Lehigh Valley High (via Mashable).Two hundred hours later, bridal designer Deborah LoPresti was able to salvage the whole thing so that Kingston can wear it to the cocktail hour at her wedding (it’s still too fragile for the ceremony). As for adding something modern, she’ll wear her grandmother’s locket and great-grandmother’s ring. Which, compared to a dress from the 19th century, might as well have gone on sale yesterday.

Source: Tradition! This Bride’s 120-Year-Old Dress Has Been Worn 11 Times

Bride Spent 1,000 Hours Creating Her Crocheted Wedding Dress – Yahoo

This bride certainly had the wedding dress of her dreams.

Tania Jennings, of Chesham, England, spent 1,000 hours painstakingly crocheting her own gown for her June 6 wedding, which took place at the historic St. Pancras Church in London.

“My fourth great-grandparents were married at St. Pancras in 1839 and my husband Andrew’s 3rd great-grandfather was also born in the parish, so we were able to be married there due to our ‘extraordinary family connection,’” Jennings, 39, told ABC News of the special ceremony.

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Inspired by another woman’s crocheted wedding dress she saw online, Jennings decided to tackle the project herself.

“I have been crocheting since I was three years old, but I had never attempted lace before, so there first few months were a bit of a learning curve,” she explained. “I didn’t really have a design in mind, I just began looking at heritage sites of traditional Irish crochet books and made pieces that I liked.”

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The varying pieces on her gown took her anywhere from 20 minutes all the way up to 80 hours to make depending on their size and complexity.

“The smallest pieces, which are the size of a penny, took 20 to 30 minutes,” said Jennings. “The large ‘Polish stars’ that made up the train took roughly 80 hours a piece, and there were five of them! Most took somewhere closer to 2 to 3 hours to make. There are about 150 individual pieces in the dress, plus the webbing tying them together, which took about three weeks to complete.”

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The entire gown took roughly seven months to complete, cutting it extremely close as she was still working on the final touches mere minutes before the wedding.

“I made the first pieces the first week of November 2014 and put the final stitches into the lace webbing less than two hours before the wedding, with the final stitches tacking everything to the dress minutes before jumping into the cab to head to the church,” Jennings recalled.

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She was even worrying her photographer with the last-minute touches.

“The photographer asked me, ‘Tania, do you think you might actually finish the dress today?,’” she said. “I just laughed and said, ‘Yes, I will finish at three o’clock.’ They asked how I knew and I just said, ‘Look, that’s when I have to get my hair and makeup done so I can go marry my best friend.’ So when three o’clock came, I put the final piece in place, and said, ‘Alright, let’s do this.’ I’m not sure anyone else thought I would ever be done!”

The payoff was worth it though, surprising her groom, Andy, as she walked down the aisle in her one-of-a-kind dress.

“Andy saw all of the pieces being made so he had a general idea,” she explained, “but I imagine it is like looking at a box of LEGOs. You might have ideas about what they could be, but until you see it together, it’s impossible to really know what you will be presented with.”

Some of the designs in her gown had very special meanings for specific people in Jennings’ life, which turned out to be a highlight for guests on the big day.

“An elephant for my younger daughter Bridgette, a tulip for my daughter Gabby, my husband wanted a martini glass on the dress, a friend of my daughter’s requested a giraffe, another a turtle, and so on,” she said. “It became a bit of a game at the reception for everyone to find ‘their’ piece.”

The best part about making the dress, “were the dozens and dozens of times I would be on the bus or train into London and people would come sit near me just to strike up a conversation about crocheting or to take pictures,” said Jennings.

The worst part however, “was just the doubt along the way and wondering if I had made a terrible mistake!,” she added. “There were a lot of tears along the way as I tried to learn new techniques, ripped out pieces that just weren’t working right, and tried to envision what it was going to look like. It wasn’t until a week or two before the wedding that it finally clicked and I ‘got it.’”

Jennings doesn’t think she’ll ever be able to top her ornate design in the future, but she and Andy are hoping to have a one-year anniversary reception in the United States next year where she’d love to have it make a second appearance.

“My husband insists that I must wear it again!,” she said. “It was really just a magical day.”

via Bride Spent 1,000 Hours Creating Her Crocheted Wedding Dress – Yahoo.

Vanessa Williams Is Flawless in Goddess-Inspired Wedding Dress—See Her Gorgeous Gown! | E! Online

Looks like Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher weren’t the only couple with wedding on the brain this weekend!Vanessa Williams swapped “I-do’s” with longtime beau Jim Skrip on Saturday, July 4 in Buffalo, N.Y., donning not one but two dresses for the big day. First up, the 52-year-old singer-actress slipped into a breathtaking Carmen Marc Valvo design with a classic sleeveless silhouette. With a thick gold waist belt, the gown was a mixture of classic romance with a sexy goddess-like vibe. The Ugly Betty star topped it off with luxe straight locks, a traditional veil and a pair of T-strap heels.Overall, this glowing wedding look was perfect choice for the starlet.PHOTOS: Best TV & movie wedding dressesFor her second dress, the actress did a quick change into another Carmen Marc Valvo design. While there aren’t any photos of the pretty little number (yet), Vanessa’s new hubby Jim dished to People about both gorgeous designs, admitting his new wife was just so gorgeous walking down the aisle, he didn’t even notice her dress at first! “When I finally noticed the dress, it was perfect for Vanessa: sleek, simple and sexy,” Skrip told People. “She then had another surprise for me: she did a quick change into another beautiful gown for the vows ceremony. She was stunning!”Well, we can’t blame him for overlooking the main dress at first—girl looked phenomenal!

via Vanessa Williams Is Flawless in Goddess-Inspired Wedding Dress—See Her Gorgeous Gown! | E! Online.

Where to Shop for Plus Size Clothing in Dallas, Texas

A city as fashionable as Dallas is bound to have a few great boutiques specializing in plus size clothes. At the outset it may seem a bit of a challenge to track them down. The following listings have retail stores in the area, and many of them also have online boutiques to make life a little easier for you (no one can resist the allure of online shopping, after all). Here’s where to get started – and what you’ll find in each.

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Five Popular Plus Size Stores in Dallas

1. Ashley Stewart

With locations in Valley View Mall, Red Bird Towers Shopping Center, Southtown Shopping Center and Wynnewood Village, as well as areas of Houston, Beaumont and Balch Springs, it’s likely you’ll find an Ashley Stewart location nearby. If not, you can shop online – and you’ll definitely want to, given the store’s ample selection of plus size clothing in sizes 12-26. You’ll find everything from the basics (tops, bottoms, denim and dresses) and career-wear to shape-wear and hosiery. The Butterfly collection, inspired by singer Jill Scott in collaboration with Ashley Stewart, is an exclusive collection of intimate apparel for plus size women.

2. Bodacious Boutique

With such a fun, bold name (and a colorful website to match), it’s no wonder the Bodacious Boutique is such a hot spot. The store, located in North Dallas, specializes in unique plus size clothing, as well as chic accessories, all designed to flatter the full-figured woman. If you can’t make it to the store, visit the website site frequently to check out the “Deal of the Week” and the regularly updated clearance sections. It’s easy to shop by designer, too, so if there’s a particular make that suits you especially well, you can narrow your selection down immediately.

3. Darius Cordell Couture

Located in Dallas, Darius Cordell Couture specializes in elegant special occasion dresses. Choose from a wide selection of in-stock gowns, or consider a made-to-order gown if you have a specific design in mind. The “contact us” form on the Web site allows shoppers to fill in details like preferred style and size (there is an “Over 16” option). If you’re interested in visiting the store, send a message via the contact form to schedule an appointment.

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4. Kathleen Sommers

Another place you’ll want to visit is Kathleen Sommers, a store specializing in contemporary, elegant attire for women. Women’s sizes range from 0 to 3X, and the Web site offers a helpful size chart to make online shopping easier. The Kathleen Sommers line can be found at several locations in Dallas, including Bodacious Boutique, Outfitters of Little Fork, Canal Clothing and Mdc Gift Shop.

5. Larger Than Life

Larger Than Life specializes in new and barely used clothing and accessories in sizes 12 and up. It is the only boutique of its kind in Dallas, and the selection is vast and versatile. Whether you’re shopping for a glamorous evening dress for that special occasion or a comfortable robe to keep you cozy during a chilly winter, you’ll probably find it here. Racks and racks of clothes abound, as well as a selection of shoes in sizes 6-14, in medium and wide widths. The store carries a wide range of beloved labels, and new merchandise is hung up every day. Take your time – the boutique is full of treasures, and shopping here is a great way to build a stylish wardrobe full of clothing that truly fits and flatters your figure.

Some Helpful Tips

When shopping for plus size fashions, Dallas, Texas offers a great many options. As always, though, it’s helpful to try clothes on before you purchase them, although you can almost always get away with placing an online order if you’re familiar with the sizing and cut of a particular designer. Take a look at each retailer’s return and/or exchange policy to ensure that you won’t have any problems should you need to take the item in question back.

via Where to Shop for Plus Size Clothing in Dallas, Texas.

Best Outfits to Wear For Instagram Pictures | POPSUGAR Fashion

Even if you’re not a fashion blogger with thousands of trusty Instagram followers, you want to look your best on social media. No surprise, it all starts with your outfit. How do you think all of your favorite street style stars rack up so many likes on their photos? Turns out, there’s a method to the madness.Researchers at University of Toronto compiled information from #OOTD site Chictopia.com and arrived at a formula for the ultimate outfit success: select pastel shades or black separates — whether fancy or casual-chic — and your go-to accessories, including sunglasses, a bag, and heels, and then find a bold background to stand in front of.When you’ve checked all of these items off your list, your ensemble has the potential to become a viral hit. On that note, read on to see 17 Instagram looks that are totally #winning — at least, according to science.

via Best Outfits to Wear For Instagram Pictures | POPSUGAR Fashion.

Elie Tahari Sexual Harassment Claim Lawsuit (Vogue.co.uk)

DESIGNER Elie Tahari has been accused of sexual harassment by a former employee. The lawsuit – said to be seeking several million dollars for the complainant, Marcy Castelgrande – asserts that the employee was dismissed after reporting the harassment to the company’s HR department.”Tahari’s recently divorced CEO, Mr Tahari, unlawfully and inappropriately touched Ms Castelgrande in the area of her private parts while she was modelling a skirt before a public crowd of at least ten people,” the lawsuit states, Page Six reports, and goes on to claim that the designer told the assembled employees following the incident: “She needs to leave. I can’t work with her. She is too sensitive. I’ve had lawsuits in the past and cannot deal with another one.”Tahari and his eponymous brand – which the lawsuit claims achieves over $500 million a year in sales – have as yet made no comment on the accusations.

via Elie Tahari Sexual Harassment Claim Lawsuit (Vogue.co.uk).


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