A couple weeks ago we read that favorite fashionista Betsey Johnson declared bankruptcy, and was forced to shut down many of her stores. Cuts were made to her design team and production on her next line was halted. Well it seems there’s even more bad news for the legendarily wacky designer: A deal has been reached to start liquidating the company’s assets in order to pay back the $6.8 million Johnson owes her creditors, and it’s going to involve getting rid of virtually everything. That means there’ll be sales on everything from store fixtures and furniture, to Johnson’s signature sparkly, pink clothing. Which is good news for Betsey fans trying to get a deal on glitter tutus, but bad news for 350 people that lost their jobs.
While we’ve long grown out of Betsey’s style, we can’t even count the number of friends who wore (or wanted to wear) Betsey Johnson dresses to their proms. Betsey represents a certain Sassy-fied era in fashion, and her own bright and bubbly personality spoke through her clothing. [Reuters]
“My first real job was designing coats and suits for a company that was run by a man whose name was Dan Milstein … I decided that while I was on the job, I could make some samples at night and on weekends and then I would leave my job. The people I was working for figured out what I was doing and they fired me before I quit. So I took a little room at the York Hotel that had rooms for manufacturers who made clothes in the South. My little room was right opposite the elevator and, sure enough, one day the general merchandise manager from Bonwit Teller walked in. I showed him the clothes and he said, ‘I will have a buyer down here tomorrow, then on Saturday you will come up to the store and show the clothes to president Mildred Custin.’ And he said, ‘You will then have been discovered.’ I promise you this is exactly what happened.”
– Designer Calvin Klein, speaking to Fern Mallis at the 92 Street Y this week, on the pivotal moment that changed his career. [WWD]
First thoughts upon seeing this gladiator outfit made entirely out of 300 pieces of chocolate: 1) That looks repulsively sticky and uncomfortable and oh, God, the melting in the sun! 2) What a waste of perfectly good chocolate for eating? WHY!? It turns out the getup was designed by Benjamin Brass and constructed by Puyricard, for the annual Salon du Chocolat international chocolate trade fair. Still, I’d rather eat it than wear it. [Daily Mail]
Now that the “Harry Potter” kids no longer have a bazillion dollar franchise to support, Emma Watson has got some free time, and it seems she’s opted to pick up some work as a fashion designer. No longer content to merely serve as a model/muse for Burberry, Watson is said to be launching her own line, and has been taking cutting, sewing and design classes, presumably at Brown University’s sister school, RISD. According to an unnamed source, “Emma wants to challenge herself creatively. She’s obsessed with art at the moment She’s already designed a line of T-shirts and wants to expand her skills to create bespoke evening wear.” So she’ll join Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, Lauren Conrad, Heidi Montag and Avril Lavigne, among others, as model/actress/muse/designer. Phew. That’s a long resume. [ONTD] Keep reading »
Behold! The Lanvin Spring/Summer 2011 campaign video, with beautiful models in Alber Elbaz clothes languishing, frolicking and fighting, and looking deadly glamorous while doing so. Keep reading »
See this lovely white party dress? Coveting the full skirt and plunging collar? Well not so fast! This gorgeous garment was made from 530 TOILET SEAT COVERS. The toilet seat cover company Toletta employed the fashion designer Laura Dieger to come up with the design. Stunning, and so sanitary, too. [Toletta] Keep reading »
Meet Cecilia Cassini, the youngest fashion designer in the country, and perhaps one of the most terrifying children we’ve ever seen. Listen as the 10-year-old talks about her “ruuuuuude” sewing teacher and opines that “all little girls should have a dress, not pants!” [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »
A recent New York Times article stated that for every step fashion step forward, fashion took three steps back. This theory got me thinking, is it true that every new trend is actually a revamped version of trends past? While there is certainly no lack of innovation in fashion, very few styles are completely fresh and unseen. Even the most outrageous shapes and lines have often been seen before, possibly centuries before. Don’t believe me? Don’t those Grecian dresses look familiar? Haven’t you seen Oxford shoes in some period movie? Aren’t corseted women in every museum around the world? Oh yes, every runway show has at least a few items that harken back to the good old days. Taking inspiration from the past is hardly a minus on the creativity scale, as long as the styles are not taken too literally. Rather, I take comfort from the fact that I can predict the fashion future. With the arrival of a new decade, new president, new economic climate, etc., there are bound to be dramatic shifts in style. Instead of blindly stumbling into the fashion of a new era and decade, I have taken a cheeky peak into my fashion fortune telling ball to study the secrets of the fashion future inspired by the fashion past. Read what trends from olden days will make big come back after the jump. Keep reading »
Looks like Amy Winehouse may have that 2009 comeback we were hoping to see, after all…but as a fashion designer, not a singer. The Sun reports that Amy blurted out at a hotel bar while on vacation in St. Lucia that she’s negotiating a deal with top British label Fred Perry and has already started sketching her ideas. No word yet on whether her ideas include ballet slippers and neon-colored bra straps. And lest we all worry about Amy spending her vacation in a bar, one onlooker revealed: “She is looking better and doesn’t seem to be drinking that much.” We can’t help but wonder what “not that much” means in Amy’s world…especially since it was enough to inspire topless dancing on the beach. [TheSun.co.uk via NYMag] Keep reading »
Would you take your clothes off for Kathryn Hull? The budding twenty-something designer of Deshabille Lingerie sits down with The Frisky to discuss whoâ€™s wearing her panties, creative freedom, and whether romance is alive and kicking.
Honestly, I designed clothes for various companies for years and I found that I personally loved to wear black and grey colors with simple and classic silhouettes without a lot of trims and crap. But, when I designed I gravitated towards lace, pink silks, and uber feminine fabrics and color palette. I had this internal struggle and so I began to thinkâ€¦what can I do with this? How and where can one wear this?
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