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Your Stylist: Patriotic chic pieces for the 4th of July

Resident Image stylist and market editor Melissa Magsaysay soothes your sartorial woes in the weekly Your Stylist blog column - Lucca Couture Printed Embellished Dress

80Womens Prussian Paint Spot Silk Painterly Top Boden USA Online Clothes Shop & Mail Order Clothing Catalogue. If you’re gearing up for the 4th of July weekend, you might want to think about packing or putting on an item or two that are a sartorial expression of the holiday. Red, white and blue are the obvious choices, and those colors as a combo or solid will always work. But here are a few items that are fun, whimsical and definitely patriotic-chic.

This kicky Lucca Couture sundress ($79 at Urban Outfitters, right) isn’t technically red, white or blue. It’s got a little pop of red running through it, but mostly it’s the bright and explosive design festooning the back and front of the dress that reminds me of fireworks. It 19250Eugenia Kim - Max raffia fedora - NET-A-PORTER.COM feels celebratory and totally summery. 89Michael Stars Calypso Stripe - Piperlime

For something more modest and traditional, this red, white and blue circular print top from Boden ($80 at, above left) would look good paired with denim cut-offs or cuffed white jeans and brown leather sandals. With something this busy and bright, you’ve met your color quota. Don’t try to pair it with red or blue pants, stick to something neutral.

Whether you’re planning a beach trip or just want to switch up 129Ray-Ban RB4141 Sunglasses at Sunglass Hut your current carryall for something much more suited for warmer weather, this blue striped straw tote from Michael Stars 2399Betsey Johnson Green Star Earring - Piperlime ($80,, above right) is roomy enough for a towel and bottled water and light enough for running around on weekend errands.

To add a little bit of patriotic pop to your look, dainty star-shaped jewelry always works, and makes perfect sense to 80Fashion Jewelry, Personalized Jewelry, Diamond Jewelry, Bridal Jewelry - Max and Chloe wear at other times of the year. These bright green starfish earrings from Betsey Johnson ($23.99,, above right) look patriotic and beachy and give some nice neon color to summer whites. The 655Missoni - Woven chain necklace - NET-A-PORTER.COM gold star pendant from Lisa Stewart ($80,, left) is a nice addition to a simple sun dress or would look great layered with heftier necklaces. And for a  real rich pop of red, try the red and gold chain necklace from Missoni ($655 at, right)

Don’t forget the sun protection this weekend, especially if you’re planning something poolside, or well, just outdoors in general. You can’t go wrong with classic red  Shishedo self tan 30 Ray Bans ($129,, above left) they provide a perfect pop of bold color that livens up even the simplest of outfits.

Same goes for the Max raffia fedora from Eugenia Kim ($192.50,, above left). The bold red and blue striped band makes this preppy and summery at the same time.  

For the skin, make sure to pack sunscreen and a little self tanner, because your tan might need a little boost in case this June gloom keeps up. (Shiseido self tan, $30, left, and Shiseido sunscreen, $35, at Bloomingdales)

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-- Melissa Magsaysay


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Photos: Top left: Boden silk painterly top/Boden, top right: Lucca Couture dress/Lucca Couture, left: Eugenia Kim Max raffia fedora/Eugenia Kim, right: Michael Stars striped straw tote bag/Michael Stars, left: Ray Ban wayfarers in red/Ray Ban, right: Betsey Johnson starfish earrings/Betsey Johnson, left: Lisa Stewart star pendant necklace/Lisa Stewart, right: Missoni chain necklace/Missoni, left: Shiseido self tanning lotion/Shiseido.

Betsey Johnson goes pink with Kentucky Derby hats for breast cancer awareness


The extravagant hats worn at the royal wedding were without a doubt a sight to see, but every year women at the Kentucky Derby create a fashion spectacle in hat creations that are beyond royal-worthy. Is there a more appropriate way to accessorize your eye-popping pastel skirt suit, floral print dress or potent mint julep than with a Saturn-sized brim hat? Not in Louisville.

Designer Betsey Johnson is known for her flirty, bold dresses and a flair for the dramatic in her designs, so when Chambord liquor asked the feisty platinum blond to participate in some Ketucky Derby festivities, it was a perfect match.

Johnson, who will attend her first Kentucky Derby on Saturday, teamed up with the liquor brand to design Derby-style hats for its Pink Your Drink program that benefits breast cancer charities.

Rose Hat - National Auction2 She designed three hats for the event, including a Barbie hat, rose hat and a spider hat. The Barbie hat, inspired by her grandkids, features a small Barbie figurine and her larger than life tulle dress made from the skirt of her pink, poufy Tallulah dress.

Her rose hat features pink roses, Johnson’s signature flower. The silky petals spill over and under the brim of the hat, fastend with an enormous pink bow.  “It is the ultimate southern belle romantic hat, and I just threw in the pink wig to bring it over the top,” said Johnson.  

Johnson’s spider hat was inspired by the big pink roses on Park Avenue in New York City “that have ladybugs and spiders on them right now.” The rose was made of the flowers that Johnson used in the finale of her fall 2011 fashion show.

If you’re attending the Derby this year you can bid on the Barbie hat at a charity brunch with Johnson in Louisville to benefit the Gilda’s Club. The rose hat is being auctioned on until Saturday and the spider design will be available through a contest on Chambord’s Facebook page. All auction proceeds will benefit the National Breast Cancer Coalition.

-- Jenn Harris

Photos: From top left, Betsey Johnson's Barbie hat, spider hat and rose hat. Credit: From Betsey Johnson.

Frugal Fashion: Olivia Palermo's holiday ready wear

Oliviapolermo The holidays are fast approaching, which means your wardrobe will need a little something extra special to kick your winter party style into high gear. This season that extra special something is the color red.

Celebrities are shining on the red carpet in anything from vibrant red dresses to subtle pops of red in the form of clutches, shoes and jewelry. Our own resident stylist Melissa Magsaysay devoted a recent article to the color’s power over your fall wardrobe.

Given the attention red is getting this fall, we thought it fitting to feature an outfit with a little punch of the hot color. 

Even if you don’t watch ‘The City’ or any of MTV’s reality shows featuring stylish socialites, you’ve probably seen Olivia Palermo. The 24-year-old manages to show up looking fabulous at most red carpet events or anywhere cameras are flashing.

Palermo was photographed at the N.Y.C. Cinema Society screening of Welcome to the Rileys in a Tunicdressblack leather dress, Corso Como yellow pumps, a chunky gold necklace by Mawi and a bright red clutch. Palermo's subtle hint of red spices up her not-so-classic black dress and her necklace gives a nice futuristic twist to the ensemble.

This week we've got some great frugal finds that will get you ready for a season full of holiday parties. This black tunic dress by Merona for Target is a steal at $37.99. It may not be leather like Palermo's but that might make it even better. You can avoid the dry cleaners with a machine-washable polyester and the satin-like bands on the bottom and sleeve hems give this little black dress some extra character. 

Necklace The perfect accessory to spruce up any black dress is a piece of chunky gold jewelry like this necklace by Betsey Johnson at Macy's for $38. The textured round links of goldtoned metal are simple but big enough to make a statement.

Red For the piece de resistance, a red clutch by Forever 21 for $8.80. This is a seriously frugal find. At that price you can buy it in red, black and gold and have a clutch for every occasion. This accessory doubles as a wallet or a clutch, perfect to pair with any party attire.

Palermo chose to go with yellow shoes for her outfit but this ensemble will work with any pair of black or red heels you might already have in your closet.

The grand total, before taxes, is $84.79. With holiday gift shopping just around the corner, you can feel good knowing you'll be stylish and at the very least be prepared financially; preparing mentally is an entirely different story.

Happy shopping.

Have an outfit you're dying to buy, but need a frugal alternative? E-mail us a picture. We're up for the challenge.

-- Jenn Harris

Photos: (Top) TV personality Olivia Palermo attends The Cinema Society & Everlon Diamond Knot Collection's screening of "Welcome To The Rileys" on October 18 at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in New York City. Credit: Stephen Lovekin /Getty Images  (Middle right) Black Merona dress from Target  (Middle left) Gold necklace by Betsey Johnson at Macy's  (Bottom right) Red clutch wallet from Forever 21

Your morning fashion and beauty report: What do Michelle Obama and Lady Gaga have in common? (Hint: They both rock!)


We are pleased that two of our fashion icons are on Forbes'  list of the 100 most powerful women. And how different in style, looks, spheres of influence, talents and so on  can you be than Michelle Obama and Lady Gaga? Go girl power! [LAT]

Steve Madden has upped his investment in Betsey Johnson and now owns the company. [The Cut]

I keep thinking that Diane von Furstenberg is popping up everywhere lately. Now she's just signed a deal for a new beauty line. [WWD]  (Subscription required.) 

Here's another cool costume idea for Halloween (yes, it's just a couple of weeks away and we're tossing out ideas here at All the Rage when we find good ones). Take your inspiration from "Sex and the City 2" and go Abu Dhabi style, with a turban, big gold jewelry, maybe a belly dancer outfit. [FabSugar]

Valerie Plame wore -- what else? -- Giorgio Armani at the Giorgio Armani and Cinema Society-sponsored opening of the film "Fair Game." In the film, Naomi Watts plays the former CIA agent. Sean Penn plays her husband Joseph Wilson. [WWD]

Tamara Mellon plans to launch a Jimmy Choo fragrance line. For some reason, that just seems odd to me. [Elle UK]

-- Susan Denley

Photos: Top, Michelle Obama with the world's most powerful man. Credit: Pascal le Segretain / Getty Images.  Bottom, Lady Gaga performs. Credit: Michael Buckner / Getty Images

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Why Dana Delany won't do Botox. Serena Williams strikes deal with OPI. And even cats can be victims of photoshopping.


Designer Gao Pei is drawing attention to Chinese fashion with a breathtaking couture gown of gold thread that took 15,000 hours to make and went on display during Paris Fashion Week. [WWD]

I've become addicted to InStyle's new fashion game, Instant Stylist. The game gives you an outfit and then has you choose an accessory, shoe or piece of clothing to complete the ensemble. It tells you why your choice was right or wrong (a silk dress needs a structured bag to balance it out; a simple stud earring  looks best with a sparkly short dress). You rack up points and can compare yourself to other players. You can also link from outfits you like to sites where you can buy them. 

Tennis ace Serena Williams has her nail tech license, gave Oprah a pedicure on TV and now is collaborating with OPI on some polishes. [Racked]

Actress Dana Delany, who stars as a doctor in the new series "Body of Proof" (slated to debut on ABC later this month), says she will never have plastic surgery after a Botox injection a few years ago went wrong and damaged a nerve, leading to a slight droop in her right eye. Instead she beats age (and looks smashing) by eating right and exercising. [Prevention]

Paco Rabanne plans a relaunch of its 1969 chain mail bag, in a range of new materials. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Betsey Johnson chief exec Chantal Bacon is leaving the company after 30 years. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

The model for Lindsay Lohan's 6126 spring collection is sis Ali, all on her own this time. Lindsay's probably been too busy with court dates and such to model for the catalog of retro-glam looks. [FabSugar] 

Bruce Willis appeared on "Letterman" Monday night wearing a toupee made of raw meat. The gag made us gag, and so did Lady Gaga's turn in a dress made of raw meat. Both were engaged in a form of social commentary (and self-promotion) but enough already. [Just Jared] 

Well, thank goodness for photoshopping! Mariah Carey, posing with a fluffy white cat cuddled to her chest in some album art, apparently was deemed insufficiently covered in her strapless dress by Saudi censors. The solution? Photoshop the innocent cat into a giant fluffy blob to cover Mariah up to the chin. [The Cut] 

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Dana Delany.  Credit: Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Philippe Starck to create a new bottle for L'Air du Temps.

Product designer Philippe Starck has turned to fragrance, and will rework the iconic dooule-dove L'air du Temps bottle for Nina Ricci. The flask was originally designed by Marc Lalique (of the equally iconic Laliques)  with Robert Ricci. Okay, I am wondering: is this an update that is really needed? [WWD]  

Steven Madden eyes Betsey Johnson, as the design firm reportedly defaults on a $48.8-million loan. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

What's the secret to great-fitting jeans? Wash them only every six months, says Levi Strauss' director of brand concepts Carl Chiari, with spot cleaning and airings in a steamy bathroom in between. That's what he does with his 15-pair wardrobe. [Wall Street Journal]

Kardashian news of the day: the sisters add handbags and shoes to their line for Bebe. [People] 

Designer Catharine Malandrino reports on "how I spent my summer vacation," and it sounds way more divine than most: Saint-Tropez, shopping for antique furniture at vineyard flea markets, sailing azure seas, sipping rose on the beach. She hints that this will inspire her next summer collection. [WWD]  

Meanwhile, J. Crew's "looks we love" feature can inspire ideas for terrific fall outfits. [FabSugar] 

A small lot of country singer June Carter-Cash's sleek 1960s wardrobe is up for bid on website 1stDibs. [StyleSectionLA]

Acne has joined forces with Candy magazine to create an androgynous line of clothing specifically aimed at transvestites and cross-dressers. My question: is it really cross-dressing if there is no cross-over? [Vogue UK]

--Susan Denley

Photo:  L'Air du Temps Credit: Nina Ricci

Betsey Johnson's birthday bash on Melrose Avenue

The queen of catwalk cartwheels is celebrating her 67th birthday with an in-store appearance this Sunday, Aug. 23. Customers can meet the designer and nibble on sweets.

Check out the cool invite after the jump

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Betsey Johnson launches archive collection with Opening Ceremony

After 30 years designing some of the most zany and memorable looks in fashion, Betsey Johnson is revisiting her past as a designer and launching an archive collection for Fall '09.  Curated by Humberto Leon and Carol Lim of Opening Ceremony, the 35-piece collection of clothing and accessories will reflect Johnson’s eponymous line as well as her Alley Cat and Paraphernalia lines from the 1960s.09020103106_2

I’m expecting to see lots of cabbage rose prints, circle zipper pulls and colorful leggings and am also thinking that now’s the time to bring the old Betsey Johnson items out of my closet and start wearing them again.

The Betsey Johnson Archive collection will be available for fall 2009 at Opening Ceremony NY and LA and at select Betsey Johnson boutiques.

-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photo: A look from the Betsey Johnson Archive Collection curated by Opening Ceremony. Credit: Sebastian Kim


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