Betsey Johnson New Affordable Line

August 21, 2012 at 6:58 pm (Fashion in the Media/News) (, , , )

Fashion designer Betsey Johnson in the 2007 Re...

Fashion designer Betsey Johnson in the 2007 Red Dress Collection for The Heart Truth campaign (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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

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Men are Jealous of the Jason Wu for Target Collection

January 13, 2012 at 7:00 pm (Fashion in the Media/News, Modern Fashion) (, , )

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.

via Jason Wu for Target Collection | Tom & Lorenzo.

Here are some tantalizing images of this cool line.  More at Tom & Lorenzo’s blog post.

Images via Tom & Lorenzo via

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Elizabeth Taylor’s Amazing Wardrobe

September 24, 2011 at 12:44 pm (Fashion in the Media/News) (, )

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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.

Check out this fantastic slide show of her outfits featured on


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Edmonton’s Wild Fantasy Hair Show

December 27, 2010 at 10:17 pm (Fashion in the Media/News) (, , , )

Blonde Events’ fourth Annual Fantasy Hair Show, themed after Alice in Wonderland, featured 11 wild hairstyles by Edmonton stylists at the Muttart Conservatory on Nov. 14, 2010.

Photograph by: Shaughn Butts,

Read more and see more of these interesting hairstyles at

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Sunday Link Dump 11-21-2010

November 21, 2010 at 5:25 pm (Fashion in the Media/News, Links) (, , , , )

There are two sites I’ve recently discovered and begun to read regularly.

The first is a word press blog called Dress Codes, which looks at “what people can’t wear. And what they will.”

About Dress Codes:

Dress Codes is written out of a love of clothing, and a concern that some people take clothes way too seriously.

Clothes are blamed for so many actions, viewpoints, and attitudes – but at the end of the day they’re just dirty laundry.  Dress Codes is a collection of official rules of dress, accepted rules of dress, …and ultimately ending at how ridiculous both the rules, and the garments really are.

Check out the blog here:


Another site I’ve begun following is  On this site, Swiss-Canadian makeup artist Julia posts how to videos on looks for all occasions.  Her tutorials are fantastic and easy to follow.  She truly is an artist.

Here is more about Julia from her FAQ:

Are you a professional makeup artist?
Yes, I am a freelance makeup artist. However, I also have a regular “day job” that has nothing to do with the beauty industry, and no, I will not list what that other job is. I am entirely self-taught and have never taken any classes or attended beauty school.

How did you learn how to do makeup, how did you get so good?
I learned by doing! I started out as a complete beginner and just taught myself by practicing lots! There’s no magic recipe to get good at applying makeup. Always challenge yourself by trying out new techniques and don’t be afraid to experiment, even if it ends up looking horrible! I picked up lots of tricks and ideas from Youtube and Specktra. I have been interested in and practicing applying makeup for about 6 years or so.

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Vivienne Westwood on Jonathan Ross Show

November 10, 2010 at 12:57 pm (Fashion History, Fashion in the Media/News, Style Icons) (, , , , , )

I absolutely love this interview with Vivienne Westwood, where she talks about her career, and most importantly, tells you to Do It Yourself!! She is an incredibly talented women and one of my all time favorite designers. Enjoy the interview.

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Forever 21 News

August 7, 2010 at 2:52 pm (Fashion in the Media/News, Modern Fashion, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

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.

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Amelia’s Magazine | London Fashion Week A/W 2010 Catwalk Review: J Maskrey by Amelia

July 10, 2010 at 3:43 pm (Fashion in the Media/News, Modern 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:

Amelia’s Magazine | London Fashion Week A/W 2010 Catwalk Review: J Maskrey by Amelia.

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Fashion in The Financial Times

January 28, 2010 at 11:38 am (Fashion in the Media/News, Modern Fashion) (, , , , )

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.

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