Betsey Johnson unveils The Little Mermaid-inspired jewellery collection

Betsey Johnson has partnered with the team at Disney on a jewellery collection inspired by The Little Mermaid.The fashion designer, known for her whimsical garments, has created a line of accessories influenced by the characters in the 1989 animated mo…

Betsey Johnson has partnered with the team at Disney on a jewellery collection inspired by The Little Mermaid.

The fashion designer, known for her whimsical garments, has created a line of accessories influenced by the characters in the 1989 animated movie.

Items include a chain necklace with seashell and starfish motifs, a nautical-themed charm bracelet with beaded elements, earrings shaped like forks with purple flower details, and a pair of drop earrings with representations of beloved characters.

“Want to be the girl who has everything? Then check out the matching jewellery collection featuring bedazzled characters including Flounder and Sebastian along with thingamabobs aplenty!” a Disney representative commented of the line.

The pieces are priced from $65 to $175 (£50 – £135) and will be available to purchase from Disney’s website and select theme park boutiques from 21 February.

In addition, Johnson has also unveiled a new sequin-covered Minnie Mouse ear headband for the Disney Parks Designer Collection. She will be celebrating the launch with fans on Friday afternoon at The Disney Dress Shop at Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort in California.

Accordingly, the news excited many fans of The Little Mermaid, with model Tess Holliday simply writing “omg omg” on Johnson’s Instagram post, while another follower commented: “I need to go to Disney again. Betsey Johnson designed Little Mermaid ears!”

In the coming months, the likes of Lily Aldridge, Karlie Kloss, and Vera Wang are also set to release their own ear headbands for the Disney Parks Designer Collection.

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Alice + Olivia’s Stacey Bendet slams Steve Madden for allegedly copying designs

Alice + Olivia designer Stacey Bendet has blasted Steve Madden for allegedly copying one of her handbag designs.On Monday, the 41-year-old took to Instagram to upload a video of an encounter in a hotel lobby between herself and the footwear entrepreneu…

Alice + Olivia designer Stacey Bendet has blasted Steve Madden for allegedly copying one of her handbag designs.

On Monday, the 41-year-old took to Instagram to upload a video of an encounter in a hotel lobby between herself and the footwear entrepreneur.

Bendet began filming the conversation on her phone, with Madden heard saying, “Honey, if you’re going to be rude you can go f**k yourself.”

She replied, “Yeah? You said if I’m not copying people, I’m not doing a good job? That was you.”

“You can go f**k yourself. Okay. You copy people all the time,” the 62-year-old fired back, to which Bendet responded: “I have it trademarked branded Stace.”

In the caption of the now-deleted post, the fashion star claimed she saw Madden “lose his temper and become aggressive using vulger (sic) language” while she was stood with her four-year-old daughter.

“I am sharing this because his behaviour is not acceptable in business or life – he could have apologised or showed some remorse – but no, he responds with intimidation – we can’t stop bullies unless we stand up to them!!!” Bendet wrote, adding that she usually fills her feed with “positivity, female empowerment”.

The designer later made a statement on her Instagram Stories, and thanked her fans and followers for showing support after her encounter.

“And you know in truth as a person I think he just showed his true colours, which is like full-on pig,” she fired.

The feud was ignited in December 2018 when lawyers for Alice + Olivia sued Betsey Johnson, owned by the Steve Madden parent company, for copyright infringement after allegedly imitating the StaceFace bag, which features the image of a woman wearing round sunglasses and red lipstick. They reached a confidential settlement in June last year.

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Betsey Johnson memoir to hit shelves next year

Betsey Johnson has confirmed her memoir will be released in April 2020.The designer, who opened her first boutique in 1969, is known for her feminine and whimsical garments, as well as for doing cartwheels at her fashion shows. Johnson announced that s…

Betsey Johnson has confirmed her memoir will be released in April 2020.

The designer, who opened her first boutique in 1969, is known for her feminine and whimsical garments, as well as for doing cartwheels at her fashion shows.

Johnson announced that she was nearly ready to unveil her book back in October, and taking to Twitter recently, she shared that the memoir will hit shelves on 7 April.

“Can’t wait for you to read my memoir! It’s coming soon and I hope you all love it!” she wrote, adding a link to a website for pre-sales.

Simply titled BETSEY, Johnson’s memoir will delve into her childhood in Connecticut, her memories of the fashion scene in the ’60s, the ups and downs of her business, and the time she was forced to file for bankruptcy.

“Throughout her decades-long career, she’s taken pride in producing fun but rule-breaking clothing at an accessible price point. What they might not know is that she built an empire from scratch, and brought stretch clothing to the masses in the ’80s and ’90s,” a spokesperson for publishers Penguin Random House commented of the book.

The memoir, co-written with the 77-year-old’s longtime friend Mark Vitulano, will also share the fashion star’s thoughts on body image, love, divorce, men, and motherhood, as well as her health scares, including a battle with breast cancer and major heart surgery in April.

BETSEY will be illustrated with many of Johnson’s landmark clothes, fashion sketches, and personal photos.

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Disney taps Heidi Klum, Vera Wang and Karlie Kloss to redesign Mickey and Minnie ears

Disney’s famous Mickey and Minnie Mouse ears are getting a stylish makeover with the help of some of fashion’s top names.Heidi Klum, Vera Wang, Karlie Kloss, Betsey Johnson and Coach are among the models, designers and fashion houses putting their …

Disney’s famous Mickey and Minnie Mouse ears are getting a stylish makeover with the help of some of fashion’s top names.

Heidi Klum, Vera Wang, Karlie Kloss, Betsey Johnson and Coach are among the models, designers and fashion houses putting their own spin on the theme park accessory.

A roster of stars, designers and artists have been recruited for the new project, with designs being rolled out monthly starting from 24 May.

“Bedazzling the most famous ears in the world is like a dream come true for me. I am still pinching myself. To all Mickey and Minnie fans – I hope you love wearing them as much as I do! #DisneyParksDesignerCollection #AD@disney,” Heidi wrote on her Instagram page next to a photo of her modelling her sparkling ears, complete with a tiara, which come out in the fall time.

“I had so much fun designing for the #DisneyParksDesignerCollection. I was so inspired by Mickey and Minnie’s iconic style that I actually had a few designs in mind… it was hard to pick just one! However, I am thrilled that my blinged-out tiara ears will be released in September! Thank you @disney – it is an honor!”

The ear hats and headbands will be available at Disneyland Resort in California, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and online.

For Vera’s ears, which come out in spring 2020, the bridalwear designer stuck to her roots and opted for a veil and white ribbon detailing.

“As a lifelong lover of Disney, and the joy and happiness, not to mention fantasy, Disney has inspired in all of us,” she enthused in a statement. “I am both thrilled and honoured to have partnered with them to create the Vera Wang Disney wedding veil with the iconic mouse ears so symbolic of their global brand.”

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Betsey Johnson’s Urban Outfitters collab is live

Betsey Johnson has launched her Urban Outfitters ‘90s revival line weeks after undergoing open heart surgery.The eccentric designer has partnered with the U.S. store on a 10-piece throwback collection that’s a direct reflection of her spring/ summe…

Betsey Johnson has launched her Urban Outfitters ‘90s revival line weeks after undergoing open heart surgery.

The eccentric designer has partnered with the U.S. store on a 10-piece throwback collection that’s a direct reflection of her spring/ summer 97 runway show.

Made up of slip dresses, romantic cuts and even a prom-inspired gown, the collaboration went live on Monday, much to the delight of fashion fans.

“Betsey Johnson x Urban Outfitters is live! We’re, like, so excited to introduce a collection of playful dresses inspired by our 1997 collection, available now exclusively at UO,” the designer wrote on Instagram, next to an image of a pink slip dress with a tulle hem and covered in red hearts.

Talking to WWD about the launch earlier this month, Betsey explained she was inspired by her daughter Lulu for the original line back in 1997, and that it was a mix between feminine whimsy and rebel rocker, blending together ruffled looks with a rocky edge.

“I just love how women — and men — today have brought those fun, funky looks back to life,” the 76-year-old smiled of how ‘90s fashion has made a comeback.

Prices range from $79 (£61) to $350 (£270).

Urban Outfitters’ chief merchandising officer of women’s and home Gabrielle Conforti commented that the brand’s core customer was born in the ‘90s.

“We’re excited to give them the opportunity to experience the iconic Betsey designs updated for today,” she added.

Betsey underwent heart surgery in early April, and recently told MailOnline she was relishing a “second chance at life”.

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Betsey Johnson has ‘second chance at life’ after heart surgery

Betsey Johnson is relieved she has a “second chance at life” following heart surgery. The energetic fashion designer checked into a Los Angeles hospital last month for the major operation, and appears to be on the road to recovery after performing the…

Betsey Johnson is relieved she has a “second chance at life” following heart surgery.

The energetic fashion designer checked into a Los Angeles hospital last month for the major operation, and appears to be on the road to recovery after performing the splits on the red carpet during her first public appearance since her surgery.

Speaking about her near-death experience at the annual Women’s Guild Cedars-Sinai gala, the 76-year-old carried a thank you note to the “beautiful people” and doctors who she credits with saving her.

Calling her miracle recovery a “second chance at life”, she said she owed her life to the medical team at Cedars-Sinai.

“Before my heart was driving me crazy. It was loud, irregular and really screwed up. That is when I started having seizures and falling down,” Betsey candidly told MailOnline.

“And that is when my business partner said, ‘Betsey I am going to find you the best hospital and doctor on the planet’. So she found me Cedars-Sinai and how she found me Doctor Trento.”

Despite undergoing a huge operation, Betsey is back on her feet, and confessed she has a renewed zest for life.

“I feel like the movie where they put a new heart in the vampire and let’s party. I feel it is what my heart needed,” she joked. “It is very happy, my heart. (Before) it was not happy.

“I do believe it boils down to the hospital and the people and my doctor who is brilliant and that helps. I was just f**king happy to wake up. I didn’t think I would come through this alive. So when I woke up I just knew, ‘I am alive’, and I was very happy.”

The quirky fashion star is also a long-term breast cancer survivor.

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Betsey Johnson unveils plus-size collection for Dia&Co

Betsey Johnson has teamed with Dia&Co on a plus-size capsule collection.The designer, who opened her first boutique in 1969, is known for her feminine and whimsical garments, as well as for doing cartwheels at her fashion shows. For her latest project,…

Betsey Johnson has teamed with Dia&Co on a plus-size capsule collection.

The designer, who opened her first boutique in 1969, is known for her feminine and whimsical garments, as well as for doing cartwheels at her fashion shows.

For her latest project, Johnson has worked with executives at Dia&Co, the U.S. personal styling service aimed specifically at curvy women.

“The inspiration is classic! I loved partnering with Dia&Co because they ‘get you,'” the 76-year-old said. “They want their pieces to feel really good… it’s all about the feel. Every woman should feel fabulous whatever size they are. I love to design for women of all sizes because they are beautiful, and they always will be.”

The debut line is made up of five dresses featuring iconic prints from Johnson’s archive. Highlights include a dark blue number with yellow rose pattern, and a blue dress covered in pink and red lip motifs. There is also a monochromatic polka dot minidress, a red floral ensemble with a deep-V neckline, and a black dress with a cute cherry print.

All pieces are available in U.S. sizes 14-24 (U.K. 18 – 28) and are priced under $100 (£77).

Nadia Boujarwah, co-founder and chief executive officer of Dia&Co, added that she was thrilled with the end result.

“At their core, Dia&Co and Betsey have a shared vision – creating a space for women to be unapologetically colourful and bold, where everyone can express themselves through style,” she shared. “We are so excited to partner with Betsey on this collection and bring her trademark style to our community.”

The news comes shortly after Johnson, a breast cancer survivor, underwent open heart surgery. Earlier this month, the designer confirmed the operation was a success and she is “recovering wonderfully”.

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Betsey Johnson recovering well from heart surgery

Veteran fashion icon Betsey Johnson is “recovering wonderfully” after undergoing open heart surgery last week. The designer, who is a breast cancer survivor, checked into a Los Angeles hospital on 4 April (19) for the operation, and she is already bou…

Veteran fashion icon Betsey Johnson is “recovering wonderfully” after undergoing open heart surgery last week.

The designer, who is a breast cancer survivor, checked into a Los Angeles hospital on 4 April (19) for the operation, and she is already bouncing back.

“Betsey had a successful surgery and is recovering wonderfully,” the 76 year old’s representative tells the New York Post’s Page Six Style.

“She is so grateful for the well wishes and looks forward to her upcoming projects so she can be back with her fans!”

Prior to the surgery, Betsey admitted she while she had secured one of the best surgeons in California, she was a little nervous about going under the knife because her mother died from an operation over four decades ago.

“That was so long ago and there was a glitch in the testing,” she explained to WWD.com. “They have done so much testing on me… You have to be one of the lucky ones to get one of these insanely precise robots to assist your doctor.

“(And) if anything goes whoops, I am very, very happy to have lived a wonderful life, full of love and support… I’m happy to think and to know that, ‘Boy, I’ve had a great lucky life just filled with the best – family, friends, work, everything.'”

Now she’s well on the road to recovery, Betsey has a lot to look forward to – she launches a collection of original vintage styles online on Monday (15Apr19), and is preparing to debut a special line with high street retailer Urban Outfitters this summer (19).

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Betsey Johnson to undergo open heart surgery

Ageless fashion icon Betsey Johnson will undergo open heart surgery in Los Angeles on Thursday (04Apr19). The designer decided to go public with her operation after learning Mick Jagger is having heart surgery in New York. A breast cancer survivor, B…

Ageless fashion icon Betsey Johnson will undergo open heart surgery in Los Angeles on Thursday (04Apr19).

The designer decided to go public with her operation after learning Mick Jagger is having heart surgery in New York.

A breast cancer survivor, Betsey tells WWD.com, “To me, open heart surgery means they have to get the saw out. They can’t go through veins and arteries. For this, they have to cut me open…

“They said my aorta is the size of a 300-pound guy, but the walls are very thin. This little one-inch accordion gizmo is being thrown in and they will remove my aorta. They say it really works and my doctor has done a million of these procedures.”

And she owes the husband of a big fan thanks for setting her up with one of the best heart surgeons in California after she suffered a series of “baby seizures”.

“His wife is an ex-Betsey punk rock ‘n’ roll dresser of mine,” she says of the guy behind her operation. “I never stop running into girlfriends, fans and supporters.”

Meanwhile Johnson is going into the surgery a little cautious, because her mother died from an operation over four decades ago.

“That was so long ago and there was a glitch in the testing,” the designer explains. “They have done so much testing on me… You have to be one of the lucky ones to get one of these insanely precise robots to assist your doctor.

“(And) if anything goes whoops, I am very, very happy to have lived a wonderful life, full of love and support… I’m happy to think and to know that, ‘Boy, I’ve had a great lucky life just filled with the best – family, friends, work, everything.”

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Betsey Johnson sued for copyright infringement by Alice + Olivia

Betsey Johnson is being sued for copyright infringement by Alice + Olivia, after allegedly copying the brand’s ‘StaceFace’ on her handbag line.The New York City-based company initially sent Johnson and parent company Steve Madden a cease-and-desist let…

Betsey Johnson is being sued for copyright infringement by Alice + Olivia, after allegedly copying the brand’s ‘StaceFace’ on her handbag line.

The New York City-based company initially sent Johnson and parent company Steve Madden a cease-and-desist letter in February (18), requesting that she stop using the image which is “virtually identical” to the design inspired by Alice + Olivia founder Stacey Bendet, of a woman wearing round sunglasses and sporting red lipstick.

Alice + Olivia claim that the Johnson bags were so “unmistakably similar that the blatant replication compelled the conclusion that the defendants intentionally copied the StaceFace designs to foster confusion and to deceive consumers into believing that the customers were purchasing products originating from A+O.”

In a newly-filed copyright, trademark, and trade dress infringement, trademark dilution, and unfair competition lawsuit, Alice + Olivia claim that after sending the cease-and-desist, they came to an agreement with Johnson, with the “defendants agreeing to stop the manufacture and sale of the products” in March.

However, despite the resolution, Johnson is accused of continuing to use the image in other products. Citing an example from September, Alice + Olivia state that she merely changed the round sunglasses to heart shaped ones, rather than ceasing use of StaceFace all together.

“Minor changes to the defendants’ product (such as changing round glasses to heart shape) do not negate a likelihood of confusion,” the brand’s counsel argue in the papers.

In an email from Madden to Alice + Olivia, they stated that the bag described in the filing “must be part of stock remainders that have made their way through the retail channels”, as they have stopped manufacturing and selling goods with the face on them.

Alice + Olivia is seeking an injunction preventing Johnson from all future use of the StaceFace design, and financial compensation, alleging that Johnson’s “willful and wonton acts (sic) and conduct” have damaged their brand’s “reputation and goodwill”.

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