13 posts tagged "Betsey Johnson"
The House of Von Macramé—a camp horror musical written by Josh Conkel and directed by Nick Leavens with lyrics by Matt Marks—chews up the fashion industry and spews it out in a fit of laughter. And it couldn’t have come at a better time. The play is set during New York fashion week (a mere coincidence, according to the writer, who was unaware that the shows start this week) and follows Brit—a fresh face from Cornrow, Iowa—as she tries to make it in the modeling world. Somewhat miraculously, she does just that, thanks to the help of an eccentric, vampy designer, Edsel Von Macramé, who, based loosely on Karl Lagerfeld (although, his dramatic gate, swooshing coats, second-skin pants and emotive eyebrows seem more an aesthetic ode to a young John Galliano) may or may not be murdering a string of the city’s top catwalkers.
The play’s kitsch approach to horror clichés (inspired in part by the film Eyes of Laura Mars, there’s lots of fake blood, and a recurring song about being the last surviving girl) has its own appeal, but it’s the creators’ satire of the fashion industry that is particularly funny. The play’s designers show collections with titles like “Bodily Secretions” (it doesn’t take much to imagine what that entailed) and “Pilgrim Realness” (actually, now that we think about it, didn’t Lagerfeld show a Plymouth Rock dress last year?). There’s a self-obsessed photographer who sings a song about how hard it is to be the “only straight guy in fashion,” and a pseudo-British fashion editor who’s desperately trying to prove herself as a hard-hitting journalist. Then, of course, there is a slew of models with names like Jam-Jam and Indigo, a fantastic fashion TV reporter who seems the better-dressed male version of Kim Basinger’s character in Prêt-à-Porter, and a clique of designers. One, named Chainsaw, is based off Heatherette, the other, Pixie, is meant to resemble Betsey Johnson. “We had a lot of conversations trying to figure out the caste system in this made-up universe,” says Conkel. Continue Reading “At The House of Von Macramé, Fashion Week Gets Scary” »
Burberry Brings London Weather To Taiwan, A Royal Anniversary, Georgia Jagger Vs. Breast Cancer, And More…
Last night, Burberry fêted the opening of its flagship store in Taiwan with the launch of Burberry World Live, a multimedia installation inspired by London’s weather. Christopher Bailey, in Taiwan for the first time ever, was on hand at the new 14,800-square-foot shop to unveil the exclusive products created for the store and the new interactive experience. [WWD]
Happy anniversary, Kate and Will! This Sunday will mark one year since the meticulously planned, kept-under-wraps Royal Wedding, now remembered as one of the major fashion moments of 2011 (custom Alexander McQueen, anyone?). Following a busy year in the spotlight, the happy couple has chosen to celebrate their wedding anniversary behind closed doors this weekend. [Washington Post]
A collection of 23 hats, made by photographer Bill Cunningham, sold within a record ten minutes for $20,000 on 1stdibs.com. The unnamed buyer is reportedly an arts patron and friend of Cunningham’s. [WWD]
Georgia May Jagger follows in the footsteps of her mom Jerry Hall as the new poster girl for Fashion Targets Breast Cancer. Jagger joins Pixie Geldof in the Ellen von Unwerth-lensed campaign. [Grazia Daily]
Betsey Johnson’s 34-year-old fashion line has filed for bankruptcy protection. While Johnson’s 63 stores will likely close, the line, now owned by Steve Madden, will continue to be stocked at Saks, Bloomingdale’s, and Nordstrom. [Forbes]
Givenchy Steps Off The Catwalk, Stella Steps Onto The Court, Designers Dress Up The Garment Center, And More…
Don’t look for Givenchy on the couture calendar this July—Riccardo Tisci will show his Couture collection for the house (shaved down to ten looks to accommodate customization) by private appointment. Apparently, the most devoted couture clients, royals that they are, couldn’t attend the shows for security reasons, anyway. Yeah, we know how that story goes. (For good measure, here’s one more glimpse at Spring 2010 couture, left.) [WWD]
Rumor has it that Scott Campbell, tattoo artist to the stars, has designed bags for next week’s Louis Vuitton menswear show. Since “to the stars” includes “to Marc Jacobs,” we’ve heard stranger allegations. [Elle]
We’re still curious to see Venus Williams’ new outfit at Wimbledon (she promises it’ll be divisive), but the tourney’s shaping up to be quite the fashion event: Stella McCartney will dress Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki in her Adidas duds. [Vogue U.K.]
New Yorkers, swing by the Garment District today for a glimpse of designers installing their Ralph Pucci-created mannequins for the Fashion Center Sidewalk Catwalk. Jason Wu, Rebecca Taylor, Betsey Johnson, and Tommy Hilfiger are among the designers who are pitching in. [WWD]
Anna Dello Russo—fashion peacock extraordinaire—collaborated with Yoox on a line of T-shirts of (what else) her own classic outfits. They sold out in less than 2 days. [Thread NY]
Sorry to disappoint, but Betsey Johnson did not cartwheel her way to the podium last night to accept her Lifetime Achievement award at the National Arts Club. Still, the forever-young designer did dance a little jig, throw rose petals about, and unroll a handmade timeline—collaged on bright pink felt, naturally—with the help of her longtime business partner Chantal Bacon. The rest of her cheering section included her brother and sister and daughter Lulu. It was a night for waxing nostalgic, and after over forty years in the game, Johnson has every right to. “I like to think my designs are timeless,” mused Johnson during the dinner. “But New York is always changing. The Hamptons with Warhol was so different. And the Soho that existed in the sixties when I opened my first shop on Thompson Street was such a new thing.” She continued, “Still, I know that the Betsey Johnson girl is out there.” For proof of that, you need look no further than the success of her reissued eighties looks at Opening Ceremony. In fact, they’ve been so successful, Johnson is continuing the collab for spring, plumbing her sixties archives this time around. Because while New York may permanently change, fashion inevitably circles back.