I’ve always been a huge fan of Betsey Johnson. If you’re like me, you will have been seriously disappointed with the news of Betsey Johnson’s bankruptcy. While it did mean that I was able to pick up a bunch of great pieces for super cheap, I was saddened by the thought of not being able to go into her stores any more and browse the sales racks.
Fortunately, she’s just announced that she will begin offering a new, affordable clothing line and I’m really excited. This line will be focused only on dresses, at least for the moment. It’s unclear where she will be distributing it, but she is partnering with the Levy Group on it.
I think this is a good move on her part. While I’ve always loved her pieces, they were pretty out there – and out of my price range. I snapped up her items off the sale rack and from the outlet stores, but I could rarely afford a full price piece. I think her concept was too extreme for the price point and I hope she has more success with her new line and the continuing Bestyville line that I believe she is still selling at department stores.
Read Vintagevandalizm’s thoughts on the Bestey Johnson bankruptcy here: My Thoughts on Betsey Johnson Bankruptcy
- Betsey Johnson’s Back With a New Dress Collection, Plans To Show a ‘Retrospective Collection’ at New York Fashion Week (fashionista.com)
- Betsey Johnson Makes a Comeback (inc.com)
- Your Very Own Vintage Betsey Johnson (Hello Alley Cat!) Could Walk the Runway at New York Fashion Week (fashionista.com)
Tom and Lorenzo can’t help it – they are jealous of this fresh, cool, and affordable collection for Target by Jason Wu.
Why are we jealous of the ladies? Contrary to some opinions, we do not want to wear dresses, but we sure would love a diffusion line for men as affordable and yet stylishly well made as this one. There are some GREAT pieces here; perfect for a young gal with a new job or even a newly single gal who feels the need to add some pretty to her wardrobe. But we’ll be honest: it’s that kitty bag. We squee’d when we saw it, but try as we might to imagine such a scenario, there’s no where and no way for us to ever get away with sporting it. You lucky bitches. What an adorable line this is.
Here are some tantalizing images of this cool line. More at Tom & Lorenzo’s blog post.
Images via Tom & Lorenzo via Target.com
Elizabeth Taylor was an amazing woman and a style icon. With the recent death of this Hollywood icon, it’s wonderful to look back and remember her for her style.
- Elizabeth Taylor’s Designer Wardrobe Is Up For Grabs, Too! (lukewilliamss.wordpress.com)
- Elizabeth Taylor’s Wedding Dresses To Be Sold (iamritaliciouz.wordpress.com)
- Elizabeth Taylor’s designer clothes to be auctioned (huffingtonpost.com)
Photograph by: Shaughn Butts, edmontonjournal.com
Read more and see more of these interesting hairstyles at http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Photos+Edmonton+wild+fantasy+hair+show/3829935/story.html
I recently read a few interesting articles in the news about Forever 21 and some new moves by the company.
According to this post by the Huffington Post, Forever 21 is launching a maternity line and the line will first launch in states with high rates of teen pregnancy. Some people are up in arms about this, as Forever 21 caters to a teenage market. Critics fear that this new line, called Love21, will encourage teenagers to think of teen pregnancy as something “cool”. However, branching into the maternity market might be a very good business move for Forever 21, and I suspect that many of their clientele will not be teens. The maternity clothing market is underserved, with maternity clothing tending to be both ugly and expensive and Forever 21 may be able to capitalize on those women who want something a little more trendy, yet don’t want to pay big bucks for something they can only wear for 9 months.
Another interesting wave in the consumable fashion world is releases targeted at plus sizes who also want to be fashionable. H&M, and the Hot Topic sister Torrid have already entered this market. According to this article from the New York Times, both Topshop and Forever 21 have launched plus sized lines to reach another underserved market. Topshop launched their line after challenged by a plus size fashionable favorite from the band Gossip. Forever 21’s line will be called Faith 21 and is focused on bringing the larger, curvier gals some fun and funky things to wear.
Lastly, something near and dear to my heart, fashion in Japan! In Ginza, the second Forever 21 in Japan has recently opened, replacing a Gucci boutique. This article from the Huffington Post talks about Japan’s new focus on fast and cheap fashion.
I recently stumbled upon this blog post (I can’t remember how, as I am one of those individuals with about 30 browser windows open on her computer) and I was taken in by the lovely illustrations and photographs detailing J Maskrey’s Swarovski skin jewelry. As a big fan of glittery skin accessories, I swooned over the beauty of some of these!
This post includes illustrations as well as some fantastic catwalk photographs.
Check out the blog post a Amelia’s Magazine for more:
When you think of the Financial Times you may not think of style or fashion, but the weekend edition of the Financial Times often features fashion related articles, while the full-color supplement How To Spend It provides soft focus models in veils and Chanel along with sharp photos of Rolexes on midnight black backdrops. It perhaps shouldn’t be much of a surprise that a paper that talks about money would also talk about how to spend that money. The couture featured in the Financial times may only be bought by a select few, but there is something dazzling about imagining that you could one day have the purchase power to own those beauties, and the How to Spend It supplement captures it as elegantly as any fashion magazine.
In last weekend’s Life & Arts section, the FT ran articles on the Milan’s masculine autumn/winter shows, the fashion industries’ capitalization on the rise of female gamers, a review of the perfume Un Petit Rien with a reference to The A to Z of Perfumes, and reviews of fashion apps for smartphones. What caught my eye in the latest weekend edition was not fashion, however. It was an article about how future anthropologists might view the artifacts of our times, including Damien Hirst’s diamond-encrusted skull, which was a fascinating read.
For more see: http://www.ft.com/arts-leisure