After the topic of appointment fees at Vera Wang’s bridal salon in Shanghai started an internet controversy, the designer has decided to change her policies. Wang has now done away with appointment fees worldwide. In the past, “Wang’s local partner had instituted a fee of 3,000 yuan, or $482 at current exchange, to try on wedding gowns at her new Shanghai bridal flagship.”
This fee allowed brides-to-be to indulge in afternoon tea, a meeting with a consultant as well as a 90-minute gown fitting session. Thousands of comments surfaced on Sina Weibo as a result of these fees. However, the idea of a bridal fee is not something out of the ordinary as some other bridal stores in China implement similar practices.
“Upon careful investigation and review of the policies of our international operators, we will be abolishing appointment fees in all of our stores,” Vera Wang said Tuesday. “We wish for all Vera Wang customers to enjoy the same standard of excellence worldwide. Treating our customers in a fair and equitable way remains a priority. The store in Shanghai has only been open to private VIP preview appointments. The official opening to the public will take place on April 29.”
Stella McCartney Honored By the Queen
Tuesday at Buckingham Palace, Stella McCartney was awarded an Order of the British Empire from Queen Elizabeth II. Wearing a self-designed navy suit and a Cartier headpiece sewn together by Philip Treacy, the designer received her honor. McCartney’s husband, Alasdhair Willis, attended the ceremony as well.
“To receive an Order of the British Empire from the Queen is overwhelming. I feel proud, and blessed to be here,” McCartney told WWD. “This is the kind of moment in one’s life that feels surreal. I am so grateful for this honor.”
School of the Art Institute of Chicago Honors Rodarte
The Mulleavy sisters, Kate and Laura will be honored by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Rodarte’s creators will be the recipients of the Legend of Fashion Award. The award will be presented on May 3 at the school’s annual gala The Walk. Another individual being honored that night is Melissa Sage Fadim who will receive the Heart of Fashion Award. Fadim set up the school’s first endowed chair for its fashion department.
Tory Burch Continues To Go After Perceived Counterfeiters
Tory Burch may have settled with her ex-husband, but she’s certainly not through with going after other designers for allegedly copying her designs. If you remember she did this quite a bit when many shoe companies were ripping off her logoed Reva ballet flats some 5 plus years ago. According to the NY Post she filed a lawsuit Friday against New York-based Bluebell Accessories Inc. for selling accessories that feature T-shaped designs similar to the Burch logo. Bluebell’s co-owners Jessica Min and Sung Ki Min were sent a cease-and- desist letter. They wouldn’t divulge the name of the manufacturer who made the goods. However, Burch is seeking a permanent injunction, as well as the names of the suppliers.
– Jamie Wilson
Source & Images: WWD & NY Post
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