Bride-to-Be Michelle Kwan Wants a Vera Wang Wedding Gown

Sep/14/2012 at 05:00 PM ET

Michelle Kwan Engagement RingJen Lombardo

For six years, Michelle Kwan worked with fashion designer Vera Wang to create elegant and functional figure skating costumes.

“She knows me in terms of my lines,” Kwan tells PEOPLE, “and she knows my body really well.”

For those reasons and more, Kwan is keen on Wang to design her wedding dress following Kwan’s announcement of her engagement to U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Clay Pell.

“I did tell her the news,” says Kwan, who has been in New York City for Fashion Week. “She was like, ‘When is it?'”

Kwan says that throughout her skating career, Wang would have her try on gowns at costume fittings “just for size, for a visual on what’s happening for a spring or fall look,” the skater recalls. “She’d say, ‘This shape would look great on you, try this on!’ But I’d say, ‘Vera, I’m really excited to be getting married one day, but I don’t need to try on a wedding dress and if you’re not engaged, it’s supposed to be bad luck, right?’ But she was like, ‘Eh!'”

The commute from Washington, D.C., where Kwan is based, to New York City, where Wang is based, would work well for dress consultations, Kwan says. “I have a long relationship with Vera, so I hope she does it.”

A custom-made gown would go quite well with Kwan’s custom-made platinum engagement ring, too.

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Venus Williams Scores at New York Fashion Week

Sep/13/2012 at 06:00 PM ET

Venus Williams Clothing LineTheo Wargo/Getty

Just a few days ago she was on the courts in Flushing, playing hard at the U.S. Open. But Wednesday, Venus Williams was in a decidedly different setting in Manhattan, having her hair and makeup done for the New York Fashion Week debut of her clothing line, EleVen (presented behind The Grey Goose Blue Door).

“It was crazy,” she told PEOPLE of the timing. “Back-to-back French Open, Wimbledon, Olympics, U.S. Open … four Majors right in a row. So I never really came up for air. I felt like I was just swimming — but it’s been a really nice swim.”

While competing this summer, Williams often wore outfits of her own design. So for Wednesday’s presentation, she opted to hire athletes (below), not traditional models, to display her wares. (Still, they got the VIP treatment, complete with hairstyling and makeup by Make Up For Ever.)

“It was important to show the clothes in the way I wanted to see them shown,” Williams explained. “It’s all about moving and it’s all about moving in style — looking good and feeling well. This whole concept really brings that to life.”

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Chic Clicks: Is Rihanna's TV Show in Trouble? Plus: Ryan Lochte to Design

Aug/31/2012 at 01:30 PM ET


Rihanna‘s British fashion show, Styled to Rock, isn’t doing as well in the ratings department as expected [Telegraph]

–It’s true: Ryan Lochte is going to design a fashion line. Will a blinged-out grill be included? [StyleBistro]

–Another day, another celeb fashion campaign: This time it’s Josh Brolin for Band of Outsiders [The Daily Beast]

–Check out Giuliana Rancic‘s first clothing line for HSN, G by Giuliana [InStyle]

–Crashing at a friend’s beach house for Labor Day weekend? Then we recommend reading Olivia Palermo‘s house guest etiquette tips [Olivia Palermo]

Athlete Aimee Mullins: Beauty in Sports Can Be 'Liberating'

Aug/28/2012 at 09:00 AM ET

Aimee Mullins
Courtesy L’Oréal Paris

Her accomplishments are quite impressive: softball star, record-setting runner, Alexander McQueen muse, L’Oréal Paris spokeswoman. Add the fact that she had her legs amputated below the knees at just 1 year old, and you can easily say Aimee Mullins is an inspiration.

The model/athlete, named one of PEOPLE’s Most Beautiful in 1999, is one of two retired athletes leading the United States into the Paralympic Games Opening Ceremonies in London on Wednesday, serving as a Chef de Mission for the country.

“I’m very nervous,” she tells PEOPLE. “It’s a huge honor, and I’m flattered, but it’s going to be strange to be on the other side of the experience.”

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What Venus Williams Will Wear at the U.S. Open

Aug/27/2012 at 05:00 PM ET

Venus Williams
EleVen by Venus Williams

After winning Olympic gold while wearing pieces from her own line — EleVen by Venus Williams — the tennis champ will see if her designs can bring her the same luck at the U.S. Open.

Williams is planning to sport creations from her second capsule collection at the event, which kicks off in New York City today. (She hits the courts for the first time at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug, 28.) And as expected, her ensembles will be quite eye-catching; she’ll be competing first in a pink-and-white rose-print tennis dress (left), then again in an equally funky printed tank.

If you’re like us and are totally fascinated by everything Williams wears, you’re in luck. Because in just a few weeks, the athlete will be showing her designs at New York Fashion Week … which may very well mark the first time a skort is shown at Fashion Week. Tell us: What do you think of Williams’s getups?

–Jennifer Cress


Quick Change! Maria Sharapova Wears Four Looks in One Day

Aug/21/2012 at 04:30 PM ET

Maria Sharapova Splash News Online; Startraks; Getty; FilmMagic

Maria Sharapova is used to moving quickly on the tennis court, but moving fast with fashion? Now that’s a different story.

“I’ve never done press tours, but I feel like this is what it’d be like,” she told PEOPLE Monday while in the midst of a whirlwind press day for her new Sugarpova candy line in N.Y.C. “I’m changing in bathrooms in the back of studios! It’s been a real adventure, but it’s fun, like a play day.”

The tennis star started the day at Henri Bendel wearing a Vanessa Bruno top and bright Zimmermann skirt, finished with platform pumps (left). For a public appearance in the department store — where her line of sweet and sour gummies is now sold — she slipped into a custom David Koma dress and vintage blue Sergio Rossi heels (second from left).

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Chic Clicks: Heidi Klum Designs Kids' Line, Be a Real 'SkinnyGirl'

Aug/16/2012 at 02:00 PM ET

Heidi Klum Perfume
Andrea Renault/Polaris

–Is there anything this woman can’t do? Heidi Klum just launched a totally adorable children’s clothing line for Babies”R”Us [InStyle]

–Love Bethenny Frankel? Dream of walking down a runway? Well, here’s your chance to combine the two obsessions: you can model in the star’s SkinnyGirl Shapewear fashion show [Bethenny]

–After a lot of unnecessary commotion over Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas‘s hair, her tresses are now in the hands of celebrity stylist Ted Gibson [Fashionista]

–Don’t know how to wear your scarf? Well, here are 25 ways! [YouTube]

–Everyone loves a star without makeup — and Kelly Ripa is the latest celeb to go au naturale [Huffington Post]


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