A walk down memory lane (from top left): Betsey at her prom, Betsey with first husband John Cale of the Velvet Underground, Betsey & John at their wedding in 1968, Betsey's Roller-Disco wedding collection with daughter Lulu as "flower girl" (1979)
In the spirit of bridal season, we also did a little Q&A with the iconic Betsey Johnson herself to get an idea of what inspired this new bridal line:
What were the inspirations behind the new Blue Collection?
Zappos loves an entrepreneurial spirit. That’s how we came to be in the first place! With our Emerging Designer program, we’ve given up-and-coming designers a platform to showcase their passion and talent on a nationwide scale.
That’s why when Alison, our trend manager, and Karrie, one of our buyers, got approached to be on the show All On The Line, we knew it was the perfect fit. The show guides struggling fashion designers onto the road of commercial success. The aspiring designers get a chance to share their creative vision in a make-or-break presentation to real buyers. With so much at stake, their dreams really are “on the line”.
We had the exciting opportunity to ask Joe Zee, Creative Director of ELLE magazine and host of All on The Line, a few questions. Read on to delve into his lifelong love of fashion and of course get some of his expert advice on what’s hot this season!
What was the biggest influence that motivated you to pursue a career in fashion?
JZ: I loved the visual imagery and the stories that fashion photography told and the general makeup of fashion magazines. I loved how clothes could define your mood and your personality.
As someone who is constantly surrounded by fashion in every facet of your career, where do you personally find the most creative inspiration outside of your normal day-to-day routine? JZ: Mostly pop culture. I am a huge pop culture fanatic and love and am intrigued by things that are immensely popular whether it's books, movies, art or music.
What was the best piece of style advice anyone has ever given you? JZ: To be genuine. Being authentic and exactly who you are has been able to afford me certain opportunities because that's what fashion should ultimately be: a true expression of yourself.
What are your top 5 fashion essentials for this fall (women)? JZ:
*a statement coat *a peplum dress *riding boots *a pantsuit *something in a ‘60s inspired optic print
Which fall/winter trend are you most excited about and why? JZ: Winter White. I think its looks incredibly fresh right now and I love that it shatters the rule of white after Labor Day.
With holiday party season just around the corner, what are some of your party fashion faves? JZ: Festive colors. I love fun colors around the holiday season. It's such a cheery season that wearing something fun makes me smile even more.
If you could have your pick of any super power to have, which would you choose and why? JZ: To be invisible. Sometimes I think it would be fun to just be a fly on the wall and being invisible would allow me to do that.
Alison Callaway, Brooke Rodd, Karrie Meiklereid and Joe Zee
In tonight’s episode of All On The Line, our very own Alison and Karrie evaluate a capsule collection designed exclusively for Zappos by Brooke Rodd. What does Zappos think of her beach-inspired designs? Tune in tonight at 9PM on the Sundance Channel!
And, last but certainly not least: Click HEREfor a chance to win a $1,000 Zappos Gift Card!
Kelty gear promises the same dedication to innovation and getting outdoors that Dick Kelty had forty-eight years ago. Kelty started as a company making it easier for friends to enjoy the wilderness, and that's what Kelty still does. Kelty just has a few more friends. You can enter to win a sweet Keltyhiking pack on the Zappos.com Facebook Page (enter HERE). Check out the video below showing Kelty's amazing Mockingbird bag, the top prize for the sweepstakes:
Fill out the entry form here and you may be lucky enough to win one of the 3 bags pictured below! Also, come to our Zappos Motorcross After Party in Vegas! October 10, 2009, 11:30 pm – 2 am (21 and over)
With Special Guests:
Davi Millsaps, Erin Bates, Josh Grant, Mike Mason, and Adam Jones.
The event will be rocking at the Wasted Space at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, come on out, one and all!
All you have to do is play the Zappos face game. Here’s how:
1) Subscribe to our channel on YouTube (Youtube.Com/Zappos)
2) Watch this video and remember the names!
3) At the end of the video, you’ll get 4 choices of names. Click on the right name to move on.
4) If you get it right, it will take you to the next face video. If you get them all right, you’ll go to a final video that will tell you a super secret email address. Email that address your:
Names Of The Faces (in order)
Date Of Birth
Daytime Phone #
5) The sweepstakes will end on 5/7/09 11:59PM PST.
We will randomly select 5 winners among all the entries to win cool Zappos Merchandise!