Did Betsey Johnson Bring Clueless Back?

Betsey Johnson’s Fall/Winter RTW 2012 show debuted last week. It was classic Betsey; fun, fanciful, flirty and a little wild. I have read reviews of her newest collection and everyone is getting pretty much the same vibe: pumped up 60’s mod with a futuristic edge. I totally agree with those reviews but you know what I also see? Clueless, early 90’s Clueless. Fashion from the movie Clueless (starring a one Miss Alicia Silverstone and the hunkalicious Paul Rudd) has hopped in a time machine and asked Miss Betsey Johnson for another chance.


I think anyone my age, or around my age, or actually, any female with a sense of humor will instantly be able to pull up a quote from Clueless at random. Most certainly, these same women, will also be able to drum up an image of the fashion from Clueless. Plaids, knee socks, collared shirts, bright colors, tights and more… If you are reading my blog, I don’t think I have to explain in any more detail, what I am referencing.



Betsey Johnson’s Fall 2012 collection was full of bright colors, fabulous tights, plaids and prints… is this sounding familiar? Betsey brought us some herringbone minis and matching jackets (a la Cher and Dionne’s signature look), vertical striped tights, faux fur trims and fabulous hats. All these things, I can either remember or imagine being styled in Clueless.

Do I love Clueless? Yes. Could that be why I am imagining Betsey Johnson’s line embodying a new, adventurous version of it? Probably. Do I care? As If.

*All fashion images via Zimbio

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Did Betsey Johnson Bring Clueless Back?

Jewelry from the Runway: Ben-Amun

This fashion season, I was all about reporting on not necessarily the most covered shows (although I did choose a few of those as well) and was actually surprised that a few reps from jewelry designers contacted me about the shows that they were included in. I did coverage on Corey Lynn Calter, and soon learned that Ben-Amun provided all the jewelry for those looks that I loved so much. I feel bad that I hadn’t even tried to do the research, because this jewelry is pretty fantastic.

Thick Gold Bangle, Gold Hinge Cuff, Portofino Gold Ivory Bead Earrings, Molten Gold and Black Earrings, Hammered Gold Necklace


Some pieces that I found (besides the ones in Corey’s collection) had me even more smitten as a kitten. Their original and funky looks would really fit in with my eclectic wardrobe, especially the following dreamy dreamalicious items that I will pining for until I hint (harrass) to the man that I need to be given a gift. I am especially in love with the necklaces. Statement piece is an understatement for the majority of Ben-Amun’s designs.

Neon Fan Necklace
Byzantine Multi Color Collar Necklace
Portofino Golf Horn Pendant
Orange Half Moon Necklace



So what do you think? Had you ever heard of Ben-Amun designs? If not, will you be jumping on the train with me?

You can find Ben-Amun designs on their site, blog, and Twitter.
Jewelry from the Runway: Ben-Amun

My Top 15 Looks from New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week is over, le sigh, but that does mean that I get to do a roundup of my favorite looks of the whole lot. There were some outlandish fashion choices as well as some simply drool worthy ready to wear stuff. I have to say that I was not disappointed with the copious amount of eye candy, from my favorite designers as well as from designers I was not expecting (or had even heard of).

The following 15 looks are not in any specific order and I love them all for different reasons, so how could I rank them anyway? You won’t hear fancy words in my descriptions, just plain how I feel about ma clothes.

Milly Mike Coppola/Getty Images North America, Rodarte Neilson Barnard/Getty Images North America, Badgley Mischka Yannis Vlamos / GoRunway.com

While some might argue that this dress by Milly is not the newest kid on the block, I am in love with the yellow piping that separates the white and black blocks in this dress. Plus, ready to wear in real life? For sure. The Rodarte piece on the the other hand (pun intended) is not so RTW but I just thought this had to be one of the most imaginative looks of the season, hands down. Of all the fur-tastic looks from this season’s runways, I have to say that I loved the tailored Badgley and Mischka jacket the most. Plus, I loved the styling.

Nanette Lepore Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America, Narciso Rodriguez Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America, Naeem Khan Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America

Nanette Lepore, oh how I want these pants. I have never been so infatuated with “rust” before. The blue/gold blouse is just gravy for me. Delicious, delicious gravy. This Narciso Rodruguez ensemble is edgy and cool but the thing I love most are those gloves. While I loved Prabal Gurung’s gold gown, this one just struck me as something more my speed, romantic and lacy, this Naeem Khan gown has Oscar dress written all over it.

Betsey Johnson Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America, Jenny Packham Mike Coppola/Getty Images North America, Zac Posen Arun Nevader/Getty Images North America

Also an Oscar contender in my book, is this Jenny Packham gown. Flowy with a little sparkle and styled to sell me on Old Hollywood glamour, this dress is swoonworthy. Betsey Johnson, oh Betsey Johnson, your line was fun an playful as always. I felt like there were definite moments of eccentric richness, this dress being one of them. Zac Posen, has not had stellar collections (in my humble opinion) for the past few seasons, to the point where I stopped paying attention. This look, however, is sleek and stylized, immediately making a positive impression on me.

Dianne Von Furstenberg Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America, Thakoon Mike Coppola/Getty Images North America, Tracy Reese Arun Nevader/Getty Images North America

You can tell me that you don’t like turtlenecks but that is just because you are afraid to rock them. I want this DVF dress so badly that I can taste it. Warm and in a burnished red, this is perfect RTW fall fashion. Laugh if you will but the look from Thakoon makes me smile. It’s a lot of red, I will admit but pants are so cool, so cool, so cool. Tracy Reese had a very colorful collection and while I wasn’t loving the equestrian type helmets, the prints were amazing. This blue and taupe number is something I could totally see rocking this Fall.

Lela Rose Mike Coppola/Getty Images North America, Catherine Malandrino Dario Cantatore/Getty Images North America, Douglas Hannant  Neilson Barnard/Getty Images North America

This Lela Rose Dress has to be one of my favorites. The print absolutely speaks to me and the orange binding brings it all together. It has a modern vintage feel, which you know Mama likes. Catherine Malandrino had my favorite coat this season. The color is something I am always drawn to but the bluish black fur collar has me drooling. I want this to be on my body come September. The Douglas Hannant number on the end, also has a very vintage feel to it but if brought current with modern accessories would be a killer dress.


What were some of your favorite looks from New York Fashion Week, Fall/Winter 2012?
My Top 15 Looks from New York Fashion Week

Prabal Gurung, Ugh Extravagance!

One of my most anticipated shows of the season had to be Prabal Gurungs Fall 2012 line, mostly because he has had me obsessing over Rooney Mara’s red carpet looks (see many previous posts on Rooney Mara and how much I heart her) and also Zoë Saldana has been sporting him recently (she sat front row at this show). His clothes have been daring, his prints imaginative and more importantly, the clothes are just plain pleasing to the eye…


Style.com described this collection as “Hell and heaven. Prabal Gurung‘s Fall collection made that journey, starting off all black, traveling through a blue period, and culminating in a finale of gold and ivory worthy of the pearly gates”. I couldn’t have put it any better. 

Photos: Marcus Tondo / GoRunway.com

Sleek, sexy silhouettes, sheer cutouts and masterful beading were some of my favorite aspects of the line but there were also elements that I was not a huge fan of. Take for instance, his high fashion sweatshirt. Now don’t get me wrong, I love me some sweats, but on the runway, this look just threw me off. I know it may not be actual cotton but it looked like a run of the mill Hanes with an applique. Paired with gloves and the shine of the royal blue skirt, I thought this was a miss.

Photos: Marcus Tondo / GoRunway.com

Once I was past the sweatshirt, the remainder of the collection lifted me right back up. He played with prints but the looks that impressed me more were anything that had intricate beading, especially his final number in white. I see Oscar gown written all over this. Overall, I was not disappointed with the Fall/Winter line and am excited to see who will be wearing Prabal Gurung in the future.

Photos: Marcus Tondo / GoRunway.com


Photos: Marcus Tondo / GoRunway.com

Photos: Marcus Tondo / GoRunway.com
What did you think of Prabal Gurung’s latest line? A Hit or a Miss?
Prabal Gurung, Ugh Extravagance!

Jason Wu has a Big Week

Jason Wu had a big week this week. His Jason Wu for Target launch was successful (as expected), driving people to Targets nationwide and Target online handled themselves much better this time around. Add Jason Wu’s Fall 2012 collection to the mix (which was all up in my Twitter feed today) and you have a banner week for the main man.

Photos: Monica Feudi / Feudiguaineri.com

People were raving about the militaristic jackets, the smoking silhouettes and the fabrics, oh the fabrics. From Wintery greys and blacks to red Chinese inspired prints, the collection was cohesive and had a voice. Even in colder months, this collection would keep a girl warm and looking fantastic. Ugh (in a good way).

Photos: Monica Feudi / Feudiguaineri.com
Photos: Monica Feudi / Feudiguaineri.com

I love the silken fabrics, the rich velvet, the black gloves. What a dramatic collection and simply crowd pleasing for Jason Wu fans out there.  I could definitely see myself fitting any of the grey/black pieces into a professional wardrobe, the fur collared jackets into evening wear. Overall, the line really impressed me and did what it should do, leave me wanting more.

These are the times that I love when designers do collabs with places like Target. Yes, it may drive the masses crazy with “must have this” but it gives us regular gals the opportunity to own a little piece of something special. I can’t afford a floor length velvet Jason Wu gown but I can grab a pleated black skirt and feel like a million bucks wearing it.

What did you think about Jason Wu’s Fall 2012 collection/ Jason Wu for Target?
Jason Wu has a Big Week

Tadashi Shoji Fall 2012

Tadashi Shoji’s Fall collection was different from the looks that I have dug so far.(see Nicholas K and Corey Lyn Calter prev.). The vision was dramatic for sure but in a different way. 

I am smacked in the fashion face with lace overlays, tasseled fringe, lush velvet and upholstery like prints (in a good way). The vision, and what I assume was the inspiration, was the Roaring 20’s era, flappers and maybe a dash of The Great Gatsby? Any way you slice it, I am moved… to want to buy it for the imaginary black tie event that I have on the schedule.

Photos by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America
 Let’s just say that I have never been so inspired by velvet. I am serious. 

Photos by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America
Photos by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America
Photos by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America
What do you think of the collection? Would you take it or leave it?
Tadashi Shoji Fall 2012

Nicholas K Fall 2012 Cowboys Up

Nicholas K’s collection came out with guns a blazin’ today for the Fall 2012 runway show. Bad ass hats, ponchos, holsters in dusty grays and browns, all made their way down the runway at The Studio at Lincoln Center today.


The styling was rough and tumble, the make up rusty and dark. My boyfriend would be proud of me for having the following thought: The collection summoned the world of The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. Cowboy mixed with a sort of post- apocalyptic thing. Yes, I know how strange that sounded and yes, I know only nerds will get my reference.

Photos by Mike Coppola/Getty Images North America

However literal some of the elements in this collection were, there were also details that I thought were clever and imaginative. Take for instance the turtle shell necklace that some of the models donned. The pieces were not part of the Nicholas K line but rather were designed by Jewelry by Matt out of NYC and he is sure to get some much deserved attention for these gooooorgeous pieces! Not something that I would personally wear but in this collection, it really made an impression because the shells themselves were an interesting enough piece to draw the eye and compliment the designer’s vision.


Photos by Mike Coppola/Getty Images North America

Bad ass hats were another big thrill for me here. Both the male and female models wore androgynous black and tan cowboy hats over poncho hoods and hair alike. Tell me when you look at these photos, that these hats are boring. With these looks? Nope, they are pretty fu$%in’ bad ass.

Photos by Mike Coppola/Getty Images North America
Photos by Mike Coppola/Getty Images North America
 What did you think of the collection?

Nicholas K Fall 2012 Cowboys Up