No Manolos For J. Crew
It would seem that the ongoing saga of the potential Manolo Blahnik for J. Crew collab has come to a negative end. Fashionista reports that the retailer’s on again, off again deal with the luxury shoe designer is definitely off. Citing “wholesale production restraints”, a spokesperson for Blahnik sadly put an end to our weeks of fabric-covered, pointed-toed daydreams.
Klum For Kids, Coming Soon
In more positive collaboration news, Heidi Klum has teamed with Babies “R” Us on an upcoming line for little ones under the age of five. Including bedding, clothing, toys, and more, the range is adorably dubbed Truly Scrumptious. Look for it in stores starting in September, just in time for that crucial back-to-nursery-school shopping season.
Mad Hatter’s Tea Makes Headlines
The 2012 Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, presented by the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, took place on April 12th, and once again, over-the-top toppers wowed the crowd. Check out Holly Haber’s write-up and slideshow for WWD, including pics of local luminaries’ wearable interpretations of this year’s theme, “The Art of Nature”.
Betseyville in Bankruptcy
Finally, hot on the cartwheel-turning heels of last week’s news that Betsey Johnson will soon star in a Style Network reality show, we learn via Forbes that the designer’s company has filed for bankruptcy protection. The move will precede closure of most of Johnson’s 63 retail boutiques, though her line will still be available at major department stores.
Steve Madden, owner of Johnson’s brand’s intellectual property rights, reassuringly wrote, “While this particular licensee may be closing, the Betsey Johnson brand is stronger than ever, with a thriving wholesale business across a range of product categories.” Check out the full report here.
(Photo credits, from top: 1. REX, via Fashion.telegraph.co.uk, 2. My.entertainment.yahoo.com, 3. DFW Style Daily, 4. ExpressNightOut.com)