“For fall, the shtick descended into a parody of Eighties nouveau pastiche, where the big question Rousteing seemed to pose was, “What would Claude Montana do?” Shoulders fit for a linebacker with a taste for leather and gold lamé, for starters, as well as a steady supply of wrap harem pants — all cinched high on the waist with cummerbund-like belts — in fabrics such as metallic green Moiré, solid purple silk and one in a fuchsia diamond pattern. Diamonds also featured prominently on aggressively ornate tunics and chandelier earrings big enough to rival the fixtures hanging above the runway in the salons of the L’Hôtel de Ville. “More is more” has been the inferred house motto, but sometimes enough is enough.”
Betsey Johnson LLC is the designer’s licensing company, which overseas the freestanding Betsey Johnson boutiques, womenswear and e-commerce. The company has been in trouble for a while, with Steve Madden buying Betsey Johnson LLC’s outstanding debt in 2010 and taking control over the label, including the licensing agreements.
But the company’s cashflow problems remained. Now Betsey Johnson LLC will closer nearly all of the designer’s stores and lay off an estimated 350 staffers, reports WWD.
Before you let those tears flow, know that this isn’t the complete end of Betsey Johnson. The designer, an eccentric icon of the New York fashion scene, will continue to oversee her sportswear (the moderately-priced goods found in department stores), the accessories (good ol’ Betseyville) and other licenses.
It would seem, however, that the days of Johnson’s signature fashion shows may be over, considering the high-end women’s apparel is getting the boot. Johnson, who is the spunkiest 69 year old we’ve ever seen, is known for ending her runway shows with a cartwheel. When not cartwheeling, she has a penchant for drinking champagne in the office and regaling the youngsters with tales of old New York and Andy Warhol.
(via huffington post)
Tadashi Shoji S/S 2012, “Inspired by one blossom in particular, the tulip, Shoji’s collection fuses vibrant colors with delicate silhouettes for a whimsical take on spring.” (wwd)