Without Betsey Johnson, I would have gone to many high school dances naked. She was, still is, my go-to designer for funky party dresses, and for that I am thankful. What would you like to thank Betsey for? A vintagey frock? A rocked out handbag? A ruffled cardigan? Girlie jewelry? Betsey is celebrating 30 years in the fashion business this year. Her company remains privately owned, and she currently has more than 70 stores worldwide, 800 wholesale accounts, and 10 licensees. But most impressive of all, Betsey has remained true to her ultrafemme, ultrafun aesthetic. Join me in wishing our favorite cartwheeling designer a big congratulations by testing your Betsey knowledge — how well do you know Betsey J?!Take the Quiz
This past weekend, while showing his Fall couture show, Valentino celebrated his 45th anniversary in the fashion biz - quite the accomplishment...bravo!
It all started in 1961, when Valentino Garavani dedicated five evening gowns to Jackie Kennedy, and she become a loyal client - she wore Valentino when she mourned President Kennedy, and she wore Valentino when she married Aristotle Onassis.
But in his 45 years of fashion, Jackie O hasn't been the only woman wearing Valentino for an important event in her life: Julia Roberts, Sophia Loren, Jane Fonda, and Hilary Swank have all accepted Oscars in Valentino dresses. Elizabeth Taylor was wearing Valentino when she met Richard Burton. Valentino outfitted Princess Diana to help her transform from shy girl to princess material.
The man has been around - at 75, his contemporaries Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, even Coco Chanel - have long passed on their legacies to other designers. But Valentino's not ready to stop yet - he continues to quash rumors of his retirement - as he told The Telegraph: "I am already working on my next collections." Let's hope there are many more collections yet for Valentino!
This week, the House of Dior celebrated their 60th year of haute couture - sixty years since Christian Dior showed his first couture collection of sharp-shouldered suits with knee-length skirts on February 12, 1947.
In that sixty year period of time, Dior has much to be proud of. Christian Dior became famous for popularizing the "New Look" in the post-World War II era, which consisted of long flared A-line skirts and tiny corseted waists - a much more curvaceous form than the boxy suits of the early forties. After his death in 1957, an ambitious 21-year-old took over - Yves Saint Laurent, launched his career at the house of Dior - you can probably judge his success by his name recognition.
Carrying the house into the future is John Galliano, who celebrates his tenth anniversary at Dior this year - with all the pomp and circumstance he can muster - as seen at the couture show he put on this week. You have to hand it to the House of Dior - anything that can stay in fashion for 60 years deserves some respect - because we all know how fast things can go out of fashion!
Here is a fashion tribute to the tidey whitey. While lingerie brands such as Agent Provocateur have the racy lingerie genre covered, whatever happened to the simplicity of a sweet, white cover up? We've seen them throughout history - from Janet Leigh in 'Bye Bye Birdie' to Sigourney Weaver's eerie exposé scene in 'Alien' to Calvin Klein's infamous underwear ads. No doubt the tighty whitey is a classic, maybe it's just taking a hiatus.
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