Category Archives: Betsey Johnson

Michelle Obama Wears Alexander McQueen




Alexander McQueen’s brand will live on, according to Gucci Group, which has a 51% stake in the company via http://www.WWD.com. The celebrated designer, who committed suicide last week, decided that Alexander McQueen, the label, had transitioned from being the name of a designer to putting in place the building blocks of a brand” according to Gucci Group chief, Robert Polet. 


“That means that will be my legacy,” McQueen said, according to Polet. “That’s something I will always leave behind.”


With the Fall 2010 collection almost complete, the brand will present at Paris Fashion Week between March 3-11. Surely, the fashion industry will be awaiting the collection debut with baited breath.

In the meantime, fashion moguls like Betsey Johnson and Naomi Campbell have paid tribute to the fallen fashion icon in their New York Fashion Week shows and a tribute is planned to Alexander McQueen during London Fashion Week. 

Betsey Johnson tribute.

Tribute at Naomi’s Fashion Relief for Haiti Fund show.


First Lady Michelle Obama wore an Alexander McQueen printed blouse from the Spring 2009 collection to meet with ten students from London at the White House this morning. Mrs. Obama’s knowledge, thoughtfulness and sensitivity toward the Fashion World continue to amaze me. 

Check out a pic of the First Lady in Alexander McQueen below via http://www.Mrs-O.org. What a subtle and beautiful tribute to the late designer.


I am so sad about his passing, but grateful we have his “legacy,” of artful, inspired designs to look forward to. 

Wearing my beloved MCQ…for Target dress in solidarity.



Kisses,

Coutura



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Fashion Week: Betsey Johnson Fall 2010





A robber wielding a black pistol. A gambler wearing bandanas and a gun holster. A saloon girl showing her backside to a crowd full of onlookers. Did I mention I’m talking about a fashion show?


Betsey Johnson turned Fashion Week into a tale of the Wild, Wild West, complete with love, sex, romance and guns. Walking in stilettos atop a hay-filled runway, models, including the newly-thin Kelly Osbourne (please hit me up with diet secrets!), were transformed into a gang of robbers, gamblers, bandits and saloon girls. Though the fashions were fitting of a Western battle, the looks were still brilliantly trendy and wearable.


The Western bad boys embraced the menswear trend with top hats, suspenders, tuxedo shirts, camouflage-colored dresses (with gun prints!) and striped looks. The fair ladies wore fur-lined frocks, corseted silhouettes, ruffled dresses, hot pink jumpsuits (so sexy and flirty! I need one in my closet) and prairie skirts. 


The makeup was just as adventurous and effortlessly sexy. Backstage, the head makeup artist, Sarah Lucero for Stila, chatted with me about the inspiration behind the look. “The inspiration is Brigitte Bardot in a French Western film [Las Petroleras] that Betsey was inspired by,” said Lucero. “It’s all about that smoky, blacked out eye. Lashes are very straight and exaggerated. It’s like a doll eye.”

To create the sexy 60’s look, “the skin was kept bare with a matte foundation using Stila one step makeup and a peachy pale lip.” To get those sexy, smoky eyes, “apply eye shadow in Chinois all over your lids as a base. Use Espresso on your lids and crease and Ebony to line your upper and lower lash lines.”  Finish the look with “black cream liquid liner and loads of mascara.”
I thought this sign was soo cool and had to snap a picture! Betsey rocks my world.
No Brigitte Bardot look is complete without sexy, voluminous hair. Sebastian Professional lead stylist, Thomas Dunkin, described the look as “60’s cowgirl with pigtails and lots of volume.” To recreate it, “spray Sebastian Professional Volupt Spray” for volume and texture. Blow dry hair and “set it with rollers,” for height and body. Channel your inner cowgirl by separating hair into “loose, messy pigtails.” The pigtails should be “sloppy and asymmetric. Nothing too perfect,” Dunkin added.
Models hanging out backstage.


The finished look.
While messy pigtails are the perfect hairstyle for the saloon girls, the models dressed as “bad boys” chose mustaches for their hair look. The gangleader was a sexy Kelly Osbourne, who walked with puppy in hand wearing a menswear-inspired look, a bandana and a pistol. The theatrics didn’t end there. 

In a special tribute to Alexander McQueen, a model walked the runway holding a “Long Live McQueen” sign. So beautiful and touching! 
And to celebrate Valentine’s Day, the models spelled out “LOVE” in sequins on their backsides.

Betsey Johnson, however, stole the show with her signature cartwheel at the finale. The icon wore a striped black and white suit (with a sequined heart on her butt) and a mustache. She was trailed by a parade of models carrying giant hearts.

It was clear the audience, which included my personal style star, Fefe Dobson, and Melissa Joan Hart, was thoroughly entertained by Betsey’s free spirit. And boy, did we need it. Dealing with Alexander McQueen’s death and the weight of the recession, the fashion industry can definitely use Betsey’s fun-loving energy, now more than ever. Nothing like guns, garters and cowgirls to lift the spirit! Check out pics of the collection below. 
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Coutura



















Barbie Wins Best-Dressed in CFDA Designer Duds

Truth: Though I died for Chloe Sevigny’s ravishing ruffled Valentino dress at the Golden Globes and was reborn in Diane Kruger’s marigold Jason Wu gown at the SAG Awards, my Best Dressed award goes to…Barbie.
Not only has she been around longer than any Hollywood celeb (51 and still looks fab), but she’s a fashion favorite, having been styled my very favorite shoe designer in the world, Christian Louboutin.
Now, 12 of the CFDA’s best designers are following suit, lending their superb talent to create fashion-forward Barbie dolls: Betsey Johnson, Rachel Roy, Isaac Mizrahi, Alexis Bittar, Justin Giunta, Tory Burch, Lorraine Schwartz, Philip Crangi, Devi Kroell, Kate Spade’s Deborah Lyood, Monica Botkier and Albertus Swanepoel.
As part of the CFDA’s partnership with Mattel, each designer was asked to add their signature touch to a Barbie doll in a Little Black Dress. (See my favorite above by the legendary Tory Burch).
With layered statement necklaces and sheer, dramatic skirts, the designers did that and much more. Check out some of the designs below. Barbie has never looked more fabulous.

Betsey Johnson – glamour meets goth in a sheer lace skirt and Minnie Mouse bunny ears!

Rachel Roy – polished and ever so chic, Barbie’s ensemble inspired a top from Rachel Roy’s Fall 2010 collection. Roy also noted the look mirrors the pieces First Lady, Michelle Obama, wears from the Rachel Roy line via Stylelist. Tres chic!

Justin Giunta – It’s no secret that my favorite jewelry designer is Justin Giuta of Subversive Jewelry who is now design director of jewelry for Tory Burch. He makes wearing jewels a stunning, ornate experience as evidenced by Barbie’s statement necklace here.

Isaac Mizrahi – Isaac Mizrahi is always classically chic with a studded minidress in black, a perennial fashion favorite. A light pompadour and slingback pumps are elegant, understated touches.

Monica Botkier – The Botkier woman is a diva in an embellished v-neck dress with a pink tie belt, a lavishly-wrapped scarf and that famous IT bag. Just fabulous!

Lorraine Schwartz – Beyonce’s go-to brand for the red carpet, Lorraine Schwartz serves up bling unlike any other jewelry designer. Her Barbie lets the Accessories take center stage with sparkly earrings, bracelets and details (that ‘B’ for Barbie charm would make Kimora proud) that scream Hollywood glamour.

Deborah Lloyd of Kate Spade – Designed by Deborah Lloyd of Kate Spade, Barbie’s pearls, pumps and pink polka dot tote radiate Upper East Side sophistication.

Alexis Bittar – Alexis Bittar’s entire lucite collection is strikingly beautiful. It dazzles as an accent to Barbie’s glittering one-shoulder embellished dress and poufy red hair.

Devi Kroell – Leave it to Devi Kroell to dress Barbie in three statement-making, awe-inducing pieces: a studded fuschia bag with chain handle, a gorgeous, embellished cuff and those amazing metallic show-stopping shoes. Gorg!
These one-of-a-kind Barbies will be auctioned off on Ebay from January 28th at 10pm until February 7th, with a starting bid of $100. Proceeds will benefit the CFDA’s scholarship programs and educational initiatives.
Glams, pick your favorite!
Kisses,
Coutura
Images Courtesy of Mattel.