Vera Wang Is Knocking Herself Off and Selling Kim Kardashian's Wedding Gowns at David's Bridal for $1,600
Kim Kardashian's wedding was one of--if not the--most over-the-top celebrity weddings of the century, costing the bride and her groom roughly $10 million. Her engagement ring alone cost close to $2 million, so we don't even want to guess how much the bride's three custom Vera Wang gowns set her back.
Lucky for you though, come February 2012, you will be able to purchase two of the gowns--the ballgown and mermaid gown--for under $1,600 each at David's Bridal, thanks to a special collaboration between designer Vera Wang and the affordable retailer, reports E! News.
In not at all shocking news, Kim K has revealed on her blog that Vera Wang will design her wedding dress.
"I am so excited to reveal that Vera Wang is my wedding dress designer," Kim wrote. "Vera has been a close family friend for a long time and we had talked about this moment for years, so when it came to picking my wedding dress designer she was the first person I thought of. No one designs gowns the way she does!"
So, as you've no doubt heard by now, Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries are getting divorced after just 72 days of being married. Kim confirmed her divorce to her overlord producer Ryan Seacrest earlier today and TMZ has the docs to prove it which cite "irreconcilable differences".
In a statement Kim said, “After careful consideration, I have decided to end my marriage. I hope everyone understands this was not an easy decision. I had hoped this marriage was forever, but sometimes things don’t work out as planned. We remain friends and wish each other the best.“ Her soon-to-be ex Kris Humphries appears to have been blindsided by the news, having released his own statement to TMZ saying, "I love my wife and am devastated to learn she filed for divorce...I'm willing to do whatever it takes to make it work."
Yeah, yeah, yeah. We don't believe any of it. At this point, don't you feel a little taken? After the reported $18 million Kardashian and Ko. are estimated to have made off the wedding from television rights, photo placements, advertising and product placements, it's hard not to see our 'royal' wedding as one big money making scam. And we bet the vendors involved, including Vera Wang who personally appeared in E!'s wedding special and designed Kim's three wedding dresses, are none too pleased about how this is going down either.
After all the hub-bub over the royal wedding--and particularly, the wedding dress--we were sure we'd see a slew of Middleton-inspired looks this bridal season. But according to the Wall Street Journal, "bridal experts played down any Kate Middleton effect."
Although Middleton's gown attracted over 600,000 visitors when on display at the Buckingham palace, it hasn't been as big a hit for civilian brides. "Other designers copied [Middleton's gown] and had it on the runway right away, but what we noticed though, is that nobody bought it," designer Gregory Nato of Fancy New York bridal, told the Journal.
Indeed, bridal heavy-hitters like Oscar de la Renta, Vera Wang, Monique Lhuillier and Carolina Herrera showed almost exclusively bare-armed looks and many of the silhouettes bore only a vague (if any) resemblance to the famous Sarah Burton for McQueen dress. However there was a familiar silhouette, perhaps thanks to another royal wedding of sorts: that mermaid/trumpet style Kim Kardashian chose for her big day was everywhere--on the runways of Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta and Monique Lhuillier. Could Kim K really have more selling power than Kate Middleton when it comes to wedding dresses? Hmm....