I may be the only person on the face of the planet who simply wasn't into the Juicy Couture track suit craze that swept style capitals of the world a few years back. Plenty of people were, people like Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Nicole Richie.
But as for me, I'd prefer a pair of jeans or a maxi dress to a sweat suit with writing across the rear end. And that's just one of the reasons I was thrilled to learn that Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor, the designers who created Juicy, are into something totally new -- and this time it's something I can't wait to wear.
The pair sold Juicy several years ago, making a fortune on the deal, and now are debuting a completely new and different line, Skaist Taylor. This one is sophisticated boho, with that gypsy-jetsetter vibe known as gypset. Writer Caroline Ryder talked to them about their segue from Juicy to the new line for a story in The Times' Image section. The clothes are supposed to hit stores in August in time for the fall season.
But I wondered, can I get my hands on them now? Then I remembered that Nordstrom's annual anniversary sale, offering fall merchandise on sale ahead of the season, started Friday. And sure enough, there on Nordstrom's website, are a few early offerings from Skaist Taylor. Not on sale, but ... score!
While we're talking boho, a couple of other stories in Sunday's Image section have the same flavor. Writer Janet Kinosian found a number of artisans who have turned the quaint craft of beading into next-level, artistic accessories. And Jessica Gelt found a free-spirited pair of performance artists, The Bumbys, who can sum your personality -- and grade your appearance -- in under three minutes just by looking at you. (It's more fun than it sounds.)
-- Susan Denley
Photo:: Fashion designers Pamela Skaist-Levy, left, and Gela Nash-Taylor pose for a portrait in Skaist-Levy's backyard in Beverly Hills. After selling their phenomenally successful Juicy Couture label, they've created a new line, Skaist Taylor. Credit: Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times