Betsey Johnson Reality Show, This week Betsey Johnson LCC filed for bankruptcy. Though it’s unlikely to mean the end for the 69-year-old maverick, the closer of her stores will leave a huge gap on the fashion horizon.
This week it was announced that Betsey Johnson LLC filed for bankruptcy. The iconic, bright, candy-coloured New York label, which launched in the late 1970s and has so far been a unique fixture on the fashion scene, heads into liquidation on May. Women’s Wear Daily reports that the company will close most of its 63 stores. The bankruptcy could cause the loss of 350 employee jobs, across the United States. While the news did not come as a huge shock – the fashion house was plagued with declining sales and profit numbers – those in the industry are saddened by the news.
“When you walk into one of Betsey’s stores it’s like walking into a jewellery box. She celebrates femininity, selling clothes that have personality and bring joy,” says former Vogue fashion editor turned style and beauty expert, Mary Alice Stephenson.
“She was one of the first designers who didn’t dumb it down for women in their 30s and 40s who were serious about their careers. A lot of designers were creating boring, bland clothes for these women. Betsey showed you that it didn’t matter about age, you could be a woman doing serious things but having fun with fashion, being colourful and flamboyant. Betsey brings a real joie de vivre to every New York fashion week. She’s the trailblazer and now fashion is following suit, adding fun patterns, embellishment and colour to the catwalk. There’s spirit, joy, femininity and energy in her clothes and everything she does, and this news will be a great loss to the fashion community.”
Reuters reports that the company’s retail stores sales have fallen by more than 20 per cent and profitability had fallen by 50 per cent since 2007. The company blamed the impact of the economic recession on “higher-end fashion apparel brands” for the loss.
“It’s tough out there right now, there is a lot of choice for consumers with so many big celebrities in the game of fashion on TV selling clothes, from The Kardashians to Jessica Simpson. Designers are competing with musicians, sports stars and actresses, people who have more airtime,” says Stephenson. (The Guardian)
Kentucky Derby Hats And Dress, Hats, horses and a whole lot of fun – the Kentucky Derby has it all. Rarely is a racetrack transformed into a runway but the Kentucky Derby is an exception to the rule. This is no ordinary runway, of course. Hats, not models, are the main attractions.
The Kentucky Derby will be held on May 5, live from the Churchill Downs. Even the organizers admit that there is more to the year’s biggest horse-racing event than sport.
“The Derby is not just about horse racing and drinking Mint Juleps. . . In the Clubhouse and Paddock, women of grace and taste sport classy, fashionable styles. In the infield, you will see many homemade hats that are more comical. Or, as Hunter S. Thompson might say, freakish,” reads the Kentucky Derby Fashions posting.
The fashion forecast for the Kentucky Derby is looking promising, with timeless classics sure to pack a punch on Saturday.
Polyvore’s community of over 15 million unique visitors has been tracking the Kentucky Derby fashion trends. Here are the popular favorites that have stood out:
Florals: Nothing says “ladylike” sweeter than floral prints. For the Kentucky Derby this print will be seen on tea dresses and A-line skirts. Get that Kentucky Derby Southern-Belle style with the ASOS Tea Dress in 40s Floral Print (ASOS.com, $25.45) or the Buffalo David Bitton Skirt Floral Print Maxi Skirt (Macy’s, $57.99).
Coral-colored accessories: Coral-colored accessories are a must-have for summer. The Kentucky Derby is the place to break out the warm weather wear. Match coral with white, yellow, green, gray or brown for a stunning combination. The Kate Spade New York Gold Coast Maryanne Shoulder Bag is the prettiest sort of arm candy (endless.com, $478). If you want an edgier look, Alexander McQueen’s Large Enamel Skull Bangle will add that bit of grit (Bergdorf Goodman, $295).
Mint green hues: Mint was one of the hottest shades on the Spring 2012 runways back in September. Ocean-inspired looks were shown at Chanel, Versace and more. Designers took note of the rich blue-green color that works with almost any skin tone and hair color. If you are bold and want to go with monochromatic mint, like the Rachel Roy Drape Back Dress (shopbop.com, $468), pair it with silver jewelry for coolness and rose gold to spice things up. If you want to flaunt the look more subtly so, go for a mint skirt or a pair of earrings.
Heels and hats: Heels and hats are essential for the Kentucky Derby. A kitten heel will keep the ladylike factor at a high, but is kept S-EX-y in modern styles. Try Diane von Furstenberg’s Alice d’Orsay Kitten-Heel Pump (Neiman Marcus, $278). Hats are particular to the Kentucky Derby but can still be pulled off at a fancy brunch or on Mother’s Day. The Scala White Organza Layered Ruffle Hat (bluefly.com, $32.30) is a chic topper that does not go over the top.
Carrie Bradshaw Townhouse, The West Village brownstone house which starred as Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment in S-EX- And The City sold for an impressive $9.85 million.
For any S-EX- and The City devotee, it’s a compulsory pilgrimage the first time they visit Manhattan. So the new owners of number 64 Perry Street, New York, had better get used to hoards of gawkers gazing up at their first floor window.
The five-bedroom brownstone townhouse in the city’s trendy West Village district where Carrie Bradshaw wrote her column, stashed her enviable wardrobe, and fell in and out of love (and bed) with Mr Big, Berger, Aidan, Aleksandr Petrovsky and countless others has been sold for £6.1 million according to The New York Observer .
Originally listed with Sotheby’s in March for £5.96 million, perhaps the sprinkling of stardust helped push the price over the odds.
The exterior of 64 Perry Street featured the first three seasons of the hit HBO series about four girlfriends navigating the dating scene in New York, before filming moved just one door down to number 66 Perry Street – a more ornate and well tended residence – for the remaining three seasons and two movies.
Brides’ Extreme Nose-tube Diet, Bridal Diet CrazesEvery woman wants to look her best on her wedding day. All eyes (and camera phones) will be focused on her as she teeters down the aisle on brand new heels or attempts to look elegant while being fed a crumbling hunk of wedding cake. There was a time when brides prepped with a spa day and professional makeup and hair styling; now, according to a report by the New York Times, they are turning to extended juice fasts and radical weight loss plans such as the K-E Diet which involves being administered a mere 800 calories a day through a tube that runs from the nose through the esophagus and into the stomach. And like marked-up wedding dresses and exorbitant caterers, it all comes with a hefty price tag.
“People think I’m sick, I’m dying,” Jessica Schnaider, 41, of Surfside Florida, told the Times referring to people’s reaction to seeing her wearing a nasogastric feeding tube attached to a portable plastic bag of low-cal liquid nourishment. During the program, she skipped picking up her daughters at school because she didn’t want to scare the other children.
Still, Schnaider stuck with the K-E diet, for a cost of $1,500 for 10 days, in order to slim down for her June wedding. Her weight loss guru, Dr. Oliver R. Di Pietro explains that the tube administers a solution of protein and fat, but no carbohydrates. This puts the body into a state of ketosis, which can lead to quick weight loss because it starts burning fat instead of sugars (carbohydrates) for energy. Other diets such as Dukan, South Beach, and Atkins operate on a similar principle-but with more calories, actual food, and no nasal tube.
François-Henri Pinault, Before meeting French retail magnate, Francois-Henri Pinault, actress Salma Hayek thought she might never find love.The couple first got engaged in 2007 and wed two years later. And from the sound of it, Hayek is still smitten.
“He’s the best thing that ever happened to me and my work,” the 45-year-old star told Marie Claire about her French husband with whom she has a 3-year-old daughter.
“I was trying to figure out how to have a child on my own. I came to terms with saying, ‘[Love] might not happen, and I have to be OK with that.’ Then someone came along whom I never would have pictured or thought I would have wanted; he was completely out of my box. Even though I was not looking, I was present and I was open. I am the luckiest person I know.”
Hayek has a busy film year ahead. She’s starring in Oliver Stone’s “Savages,” with Blake Lively and John Travolta, along with “Here Comes the Boom,” with Kevin James.
Reese Witherspoon Upstaged In Dress, “This Mean War” is the title of Reese Witherspoon’s latest movie, but it could also describe the message she recently sent to actress Rooney Mara. The two hit the red carpet in the same chic, retro-shaped sleeveless dress just five weeks apart. “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’s” Lisbeth Salander isn’t one to back away from a fight, so this fashion battle is on! And it’s up to us to decide just who wore it best.
Reese, 36, donned the dress in sunny yellow for the “This Means War” premiere in Rio de Janeiro on March 8. The Oscar winner added a statement necklace, belt, Jimmy Choo sandals, and a ponytail.
Oscar nominee Rooney, 26, slipped on the frock for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on February 3. She accessorized simply with Giambattista Valli heels and pulled her hair back in a low ponytail.