Vera Wang, whose name has become synonymous with celebrity wedding dresses, is separating from her husband Arthur Becke after 23 years of marriage. The designer has not spoken out herself, but her company’s president (Mario Grauso) has issued the following statement: “Vera Wang and Arthur Becker have mutually and amicably agreed to separate. They remain devoted parents to their two daughters.” Read more after the break.
People magazine has the full story, and they are speculating about Wang’s recent runway show, which featured black and grey wedding dresses:
Vera Wang’s Fall 2012 bridal collection was heralded by critics for its beauty, elegance and unique color palette; many of the designer’s dresses were blush, nude and black. But looking back on those romantic gowns, one has to wonder: was there a hidden message inside?
Wang and husband Arthur Becker announced that they were separating on Wednesday, after 23 years of marriage (the couple wed in 1989 at New York’s Pierre Hotel, WWD reports).
Though Becker reportedly had his own business ventures, he was also involved in Wang’s company, which has expanded into makeup, fragrances, mass market, juniors, home goods and a lower-cost bridal line in recent years. However, a friend of the designer tells WWD that the couple “will not let this impact the running of the company. They have worked too hard to build it up.”
Wang, who started at Ralph Lauren in 1987 and opened her first private salon at New York’s Carlyle Hotel in 1990, famously designed Kim Kardashian‘s three opulent wedding gowns in 2011 (plus sister Khloé Kardashian Odom‘s dress in 2009), and created Hillary Scott’s custom gown for her January 2012 nuptials.
Read more here.
All divorce news is sad news to me and I wish her family the best. Vera Wang is a Sarah Lawrence alum like me, so I’ve always paid special attention to her goings-on. Here’s hoping it all works out (…that means I want them to get back together, lol).
And here are the dresses in question. As you can see– they’re AMAZING!– but they weren’t just black. But it’s true that none of them were traditional white. Do you think this could have been a reflection of her feelings about her own marriage?