PR Genius: Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey surprised 50 brides-to-be on her daytime talk show giving them Vera Wang wedding gowns. For those of you who don’t know yet, Vera Wang has made wedding dresses for Chelsea Clinton, Alyssa Milano, Elin Nordegren, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson, Hilary Duff, Avril Lavigne, Victoria Beckham, Khloe Kardashian, Sharon Stone, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Uma Thurman and many other celebrities. Imagine being a bride-to-be and receiving a dress signed Vera Wang. Now that will make your day!
Never mind that the whole purpose of the show was to introduce Wang’s new budget-collection, called White, that will hit the stores in February 2011. These dresses will sell for $600 to $1,400, according to the designer – quite affordable, if you compare them to other brands, and yet, stunningly beautiful.
“These dresses will be available to so many more brides than I’ve been able to ever reach before,” she told Oprah. “So it’s a whole new world for us and bridal, with all the same aesthetics and design philosophy.”
Giving free dresses to 50 brides-to-be in the audience is pure PR genius. Vera Wang’s name (and her new, affordable collection) will be now on the lips of every bride-to-be in America, and considering Oprah’s international reach, it’s safe to say that the news will travel around the world with the speed of light. The cost of such a gift is nothing compared with the ROI it will generate. On the other hand, this shows Oprah again as a good fairy, although you can bet the lady has shoes more expensive than a Vera Wang dress. In the end, it’s not about what she has, it’s about what she gives.