Designer Dossier: Vera Wang

While ruling her self-started $300 million Wang Dynasty, the empress wears leggings.

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August 15, 2008 5:22 PM
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Designer Dossier: Vera Wang

YIN TO MY YANG
"I was raised on Manhattan's Upper East Side but always had a Downtown edge. It's why I love the model Stella Tennant, a genuine Scottish aristo who dresses like a tomboy. Certainly there's a yin-yang element to the mink-and-metallic bomber jacket that opened my fall show."
michelle williams on the red carpet
F. Harrison
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Designer Dossier: Vera Wang

MY THING
"Though I'm freaked all the time" -- Wang has grown her brand from bridal to include three womenswear collections (Vera Wang, Vera Wang Lavender Label, Simply Vera Vera Wang), as well as fragrance, china, and jewelry -- "I live for the shock-and-awe part of selling style: the frenzied 11-minute shows, the red-carpet riot."
vera wang and ralph lauren
Jamie McCarthy
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Designer Dossier: Vera Wang

MY GUIDES
"After my mother took me to the Paris couture shows in the late '60s, I'm pretty sure I was the only high-schooler in New York hanging out in a white YSL tuxedo jacket. I was also lucky to get to design accessories for Ralph Lauren. He always said to stick to your vision, no matter what new wave of trendiness hits."

Designer Dossier: Vera Wang

MY GOOD TIMES
"My passion before fashion was figure skating, and I'm still in my signature leggings -- they elongate the leg. I just skip them on the golf course, where I spend what little downtime I have!"
Ben Goldstein
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Designer Dossier: Vera Wang

Dress, $78, Simply Vera Vera Wang; kohls.com.
Jeff Westbrook
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Designer Dossier: Vera Wang

The new Bouquet, $67; saks.com.
Ben Goldstein
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Designer Dossier: Vera Wang

Booties, $795, Vera Wang; (212) 628-3400.

Fall 2008 Runway Looks

Floral -- Vera Wang
Ben Goldstein
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Designer Dossier: Vera Wang

Necklace, $975, Vera Wang; (212) 628-3400.