On Monday the CFDA awarded Betsey Johnson the Lifetime Achievement Award. At the age of 72 she still doing cartwheels and splits on the runway. Betsey Johnson was and is still one of my favorite designers. She has a punk rock yet girly atheistic, which I could definitely relate to when I discovered her in high school. I remember visiting her boutiques in New York and Chicago when they were still open. I was in heaven. Tulle dresses, cute and kitschy jewelry, with a touch of punk was the epitome of my personality. I was so sad to find that she was closing all her stores in 2012. Never fear though, the ever resilient Betsey Johnson was far from done. Steve Madden bought the rights to her name, and now her designs are more accessible and in more stores than ever. I recently read this great article about the span of her career in The New York Times style section. Congratulations to Betsey Johnson!
“I’m pretty sure there’s a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking. And I plan on finding out what that is.” Valentino always shows off amazing collections at Paris Fashion Week, but the FW15 show was all anyone could talk about. Besides the collection of beautiful clothes, some surprise guests stole the show. Zoolander and Hansel walked the runway to end the show at Valentino. Strutting their stuff in typical blue steel fashion and in custom Valentino couture, the pair caught everyone’s attention. To say this was amazing, would be an understatement. The appearance also happened to coincide with the news of the release of Zoolander 2, setting to arrive February 12, 2016. Watch the entire Valentino FW2015 show in all its glory on the website. P.S. I’m re-watching Zoolander on Netflix because of Valentino today.
Happy International Women’s Day ladies! Here are a few of my favorite quotes that correspond with this day. In fashion news, Dolce & Gabbana sent mothers to be, and mothers and their children down the runway at Milan Fashion Week. This celebrated women in a truly uplifting fashion. Don’t forget to use #IWD2015!
Attempting to rebrand, Coach has just launched a collaboration with artist Gary Baseman. Before the addition of clothing last fall, I felt Coach as a whole to be very bland and boring. The bags were very basic and nothing special until lately. Adding the full clothing line, Coach is looking more towards fashion trends trying to revamp its image. The Baseman collection features pastel colored leather bags with creepy cute creatures from the artist. The line also includes leather jackets, dresses, and sandals along with some key chains and phone cases. I knew of Gary Baseman from collaborations with street wear brand kidrobot. So, seeing Coach connect with this artist is right up my alley. Coach’s new image has me ogling over those Baseman bags. I would have never looked twice at a canvas logo covered brown Coach bag. The whole line is available in select Coach stores, online, and select retailers.
… No, not Teen Spirit. 3.1 Phillip Lim brought the grunge game to the runway at New York Fashion Week yesterday. Oversized coats, plaid, and military vibes with hints of fur were seen throughout the Fall collection. Crimson red and grey dominated the color palette with some hints of tan and military green. Leather moto jackets and bombers accompanied the grunge vibe. Pulling it together were the asymmetrical hemlines, oversized sunglasses, and suede booties. Definitely loving this collection from 3.1 Phillip Lim. Watch a recap of the show from Elle. (Images via 3.1 Phillip Lim)
All the looks from Kate Spade’s Fall/Winter 2015 runway collection are here. (I do not own this image.) This collection is all about plaid and oversized coats. Kate Spade also threw in a little pink. The pink trend seems as though it is here to stay. The furry accessories paired with plaid gives me a schoolgirl vibe. I’m loving the pastel pink long line coat. However from these looks, I’m not seeing any signature kitschy Kate Spade accessories.
Balloons, balloons, balloons! Continuing with the fashion related alphabet series is B for Balloons. Kate Spade’s latest collection has s few balloon themed items. My favorite being the ballon print shirt dress and the hot air ballon handbag. This print is perfect for Valentine’s and versatile enough for spring time. The dress and bag are pretty pricey but until tomorrow you can use the code SPR15BB and save up to $350 on your full priced order.