Now that it’s basically summer — the proliferation of mandals, screaming children on the subway, my overworked sweat glands and the eggs frying on the sidewalk attest to that, though I’m truly not complaining — you may be lamenting the loss of layering – after all, with 98° weather, the fewer the clothes the better. But the tank and booty short routine can get real old real fast. So before you lock those cardigans away in storage forever i.e. the next three months, consider these few tips on layering for summer.
If you’re looking for an outfit that’s wild and out-there, Betsey Johnson is the go-to designer. Where else can you find a florescent purple dress with hot pink flowers attached to the skirt? The designer celebrated her 67th birthday this week in the same, unique fashion by visiting various Betsey Johnson stores in the NYC area and mingling with customers.
In honor of the platinum-blonde designer, here are some Betsey-inspired pieces that are sure to bring out your playful side.
1. Tights, $18.00, www.UrbanOutfitters.com
2. Skirt, $24.99, www.CharlotteRusse.com
3. Dress, $33.00, www.Lulus.com
4. Necklace, $8.00, www.WetSeal.com
Upon the 70th anniversary of the Wizard of Oz, Designers whipped out their sketch pads for the ultimate recreation. Twenty designers have decided to commemorate the anniversary with their creative minds and a bit of ruby coloring with a sparkle. The recreations will be used to benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation in the form of an auction, which is set to take place in early fall 2009. Two pairs of shoes by each designer will be produced for the auction. Until then, the pumps will make their main appearance at Saks Fifth Avenue and in Bryant Park throughout the upcoming year. Among the designers for the commemoration are Oscar de la Renta, Diane Von Furstenberg, Manolo Blahnik, Betsy Johnson, Amy Smilovic, and Jimmy Choo. Can’t wait to see the creations!