We all knew it was coming but today the time came for Betsey Johnson bosses to start liquidating the company's assets. Yesterday a judge approved the bankruptcy proceedings to begin and Gordon Brothers Group Inc, and Hilco Merchang Resources will take control of the process.
As we knew, almost all of the boutiques are set to close and just about everything from lighting to furniture will be sold to pay off creditors. The only saving grace is that Steve Madden, who bought the brand from Johnson back in 2007, will continue to make sure that the affordable range will be available in department stores.
Marc Jacobs didn't go down particularly well with his outfit at the Met Gala this week but despite the negative press, the outfit has clearly resonated. Daily Front Row did some digging and found out that the lace dress from Comme des Garcons S/S12 collection had sold out completely at Barneys.
While the are not sure whether the piece sold our before or after Jacobs sported it on the red carpet, it shows that the piece wasn't as outlandish as we all initially thought. It clearly sells well. I wonder if the elf shoes that he wore from his Fall 2012 collection will sell out too?
Brooklyn Decker was out yesterday promoting her movie 'Battleship' at its Los Angeles premiere wearing Christian Dior S/S12. While the dress is feminine and romantic with all of the lace and tiers, the look doesn't resonate as well as some of the great looks we've seen the actress sport over the course of the movie's promotional tour.
This week W magazine editor Stefano Tonchi squashed any hopes that we had that John Galliano would be appointed as creative director of Schiaparelli. When big boss Diego Della Valle was asked about it by Cathy Horyn, he wouldn't talk about it:
Asked if he might consider John Galliano, Mr. Della Valle pulled a good poker face. There have been rumors, he said: “One week it’s Galliano, the next it’s someone else.” He expects to hire someone by September. Finding someone with the skill for Schiaparelli is hard enough, but many designers are used to perks and big budgets, and these don’t seem things they will find in a brand trying to create a new experience.
The brand has made no secret of the fact that they are trying to push forward with something new and who could do that better than Galliano? As The Cut put it, it's unlikely that he will reap the perks that he had at Dior but the opportunity sounds like just what he needs to make a comeback.
Elizabeth Banks didn't go down particularly well with the fashion critics after wearing that hard-to-pull-off Mary Katrantzou ensemble at the Met Gala but this dress more than makes up for it.
To attend the premiere of her new movie, 'What To Expect When You're Expecting', she chose another leading British fashion brand, Peter Pilotto. The brand's floral printed dress with sheer cut outs was the style of choice teamed with black peep toe heels and an embellished black clutch.
I think we were all in agreement that Mischa Barton's style revamp isn't going particularly well but that hasn't stopped her from pushing on with her fashion pursuits. Last month the actress used stylist June Ambrose's new show to plug her online shop called Mischa's Place and this week she she launched her first big clothing line.
Rather than promoting the collection in the U. S. she opted to take it to Dubai instead. According to Barton, women there love her designs and sought far and wide for her accessories collection despite it being unavailable to buy there. The collection is also coming to London though, as the actress has already bought a space in London's Spitafield market area. WWD reports: 'The store, which she said has a “vintage feel,” will carry her clothing and accessories line as well as a range of Mischa Barton branded cosmetics.'
The line, priced between $45 and $450, is extensive featuring everything from skirts, and trousers to dresses, cardigans and leggings.
As high street retailers go, H&M is definitely among my favourite and it's not hard to understand why after looking through their fall 2012 look book. All of the key trends that we saw on the runway for fall are there but of course, are available at a fraction of the price.
A leather-like baseball cap and jacket combo is the perfect ode to the sports wear theme that has dominated over the past few seasons and the look book also features a pari of high wasted shorts that are reminiscent of the style we saw at Balenciaga. If you loved the digital prints, peplums and up scaled proportions too, then you're well and truly catered for.
Gwyneth Paltrow is one actress that brands flock to in order to have her front their respective ads. In the past she's fronted campaigns for everyone from Coach to Tod's and now she has another campaign under her belt.
Today Hugo Boss confirmed that the actress will star in the advertising campaign for their Boss Nuit Pour Femme fragrance. 'We are delighted to welcome Gwyneth Paltrow to the Hugo Boss family as the face of our new signature scent,' Gerd Von Podewils, Hugo Boss Fragrances global marketing director, said in a statement. 'She is the perfect complement to Boss Fragrances.'
The campaign has already been shot and while it's not released yet, the behind-the-scenes image shows Paltrow looking natural with loose waves and sporting a classic asymmetric LBD, which the brand said was the starting point for the scent. 'To me, the Boss woman is driven, ambitious and goes after what she wants but she balances being strong and very feminine at the same time - characteristics that I strive towards in my own life,' Paltrow said at the launch this morning at London's Sanderson Hotel.
This month British designers Julien Macdonald, Giles Deacon and Zandra Rhodes are joining forces for a good cause. All three have signed up to redesign the classic red telephone box to help mark the 25th anniversary of Childline. To save you from running around London trying to spot them, Harvey Nichols will display all three telephone boxes in the widow's of their Knightsbridge store.
They aren't the only ones lending a helping hand to the good cause. Corrie Nielson, Phillip Treacy, Lily Cole and architect Zaha Hadid have also contributed to the open-air art exhibition that is set to launch to mark the occasion. A selection of their design efforts will be auctioned off at the National Portrait Gallery on July 18 with all of the proceeds going to Childline.