– EN Fashion – Designing Hailey Bieber’s wedding reception dress felt like a “full circle” moment for Vera Wang because she was involved in her uncle Billy Baldwin’s big day in the ’90s.
The model walked down the aisle in an off-the-shoulder lace Off-White dress by Virgil Abloh as she got married to Justin Bieber for the second time in South Carolina on 30 September. Over the weekend, it was revealed that Bieber changed into a simple white slip dress by Wang and sneakers to party with guests at the reception afterwards.
Speaking to Vogue about the creation, the designer said she was pleased to be involved in the wedding and noted that she has a “soft spot” for the Baldwin family since she made the outfits when Bieber’s actor uncle Billy married Chynna Phillips in 1995.
“I did her aunt Chynna’s wedding when she married Billy Baldwin many years ago,” Wang recalled. “That’s how I knew them then… Hailey’s dad (Stephen) came to the fittings, and it was really lovely and nice to catch up. I have a soft spot for the Baldwin family, so to even play a small part in Hailey’s wedding felt like full circle for me and was so lovely.”
Wang designed the reception dress to be the opposite of the formal wedding gown.
“This was (definitely) more of the party dress. They were much more open to something seductive, light, and sensual (for this look),” she explained. “The wedding dress had a certain formality to it. This was meant to be the complete opposite. I love using the dancer reference with this because when I see her, I sort of see a ballerina.”
In addition to the Off-White and Vera Wang numbers, Bieber also wore a silky halter dress by Ralph & Russo on the eve of her wedding, a Vivienne Westwood minidress at the rehearsal dinner, and was gifted a Celine leather jacket emblazoned with the word “Wife” in chrome studs from the brand’s artistic director Hedi Slimane, who designed the groom’s tuxedo.