When Kelly Osbourne, Katy Perry and Selena Gomez want to have fun with fashion, they turn to none other than famed designer Betsey Johnson to deliver a head-turning ensemble. Now, the cartwheel-loving Johnson, 70, known for her bright, sparkly clothes (“clothes that get boyfriends,” she beams) is opening up about her creative process in her new Style Network series, XOX, Betsey Johnson.
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Teaming with her daughter, Lulu, for the series, Johnson will take viewers into her showroom and behind the scenes, offering her best style advice along the way. “You know me: ‘Girls just want to have fun.’ Just enjoy getting dressed,” Betsey reasons ahead of her show’s May 12 premiere. “I dressed to entertain myself. Life’s too short. Dressing should be like cooking and traveling and decorating: Fun.”
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When Style Network cameras aren’t following Betsey, they’ll tag along with Lulu, who parted ways with her mother’s company to start her own eponymous fashion line. Though the pair have admittedly navigated a strenuous mother-daughter relationship, they’re on better terms and Betsey currently lives with single mom Lulu and her two granddaughters Lela and Ella in New York City.
Lulu Johnson and Betsey Johnson on XOX BETSEY JOHNSON Credit: Matthias Clamer/Style
As Lulu candidly told reporters ahead of her show’s premiere, life as Betsey’s daughter wasn’t always easy. “I used to walk on the opposite side of the street from her,” admits the newly-minted reality star. “As a teenager, you just want to fit in with the rest of your girlfriends, and my mom would pick me up from school with purple hair with leopard spots. I just wanted her to show in slacks and pearls, like all the other moms.”
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“It was hard, because she does really steal the show a lot of the time,” says Lulu. “I’ve always admired her more than anything. And I’m so grateful and thankful that I have had someone so unique in my life, and have just soaked up and admired how much people are just in amazement and in love with her. “It’s been a trip.”
For more on Betsey and Lulu’s bond — and how Betsey is rebounding after filing for bankruptcy — watch the video above now. XOX, Betsey Johnson premieres Sunday, May 12 at 8 p.m. (EST) on the Style Network.
Spring cleaning your wardrobe as temps heat up? It’s OK to toss out a few outdated older pieces, but as Us Weekly‘s Fashion Director Sasha Charnin Morrison explains, there are a handful of must-haves that can take you from season to season. Among the items to bring to the front of your closet right now: A white blazer and leopard coat.
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“One of the most important new things to think about is the white blazer,” Morrison explains in the video above of the topper worn by the likes of Jessica Alba and Kim Kardashian. “You can repurpose this blazer for something new and interesting, taking it from cubicle to cocktail.”
Katie Holmes rocks a leopard coat; Jessica Alba dresses up in a white blazer. Credit: James Devaney/WireImage.com; Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic
Another chic spring topper is a leopard coat like Katie Holmes‘ animal print trench. Worn casually with jeans or used to make a date night dress stand out, Morrison confirms this is one wardrobe staple to hang onto for years to come. “Think of your leopard coat as a neutral and wear it with anything,” she suggests.
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The best way to polish off spring’s trendiest styles: Statement earrings. For celeb-inspired ways to wear the jewelry — and more tips from Morrison — watch the video above now!
Ireland is ready to take over America! Ireland Baldwin, the 17-year-old daughter of Alec Baldwin and ex-wife Kim Basinger, recently signed with the IMG modeling agency. Although she hasn’t yet made her runway or magazine debut, the statuesque blonde is already making a name for herself. On Tuesday April 2, Ireland more than held her own sitting in the front row at the Jeffrey Fashion Cares 10th Anniversary fashion show in NYC.
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Flanked by two glamourous, established stars — actress Emmy Rossum to her right, fellow model Chrissy Teigen to her left — Baldwin was the spitting image of her mom Basinger, 59, who was an established model herself before moving on the acting. With her blonde hair in a messy, stylish side braid, Baldwin wore a black blazer and a short black minidress, showing off her long legs in strappy heels.
Ireland Baldwin attends the Jeffrey Fashion Cares 10th Anniversary Celebration at The Intrepid on April 2, 2013 in New York City. Credit: Jamie McCarthy/WireImage.com
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Baldwin signed with IMG modeling agency just last last month. The 6’2″ beauty spoke with reporters earlier this week about her role models in the industry. “I have a few, one off the top of my head Miranda Kerr . . .I look up to Kate Moss . . . and my mom of course.”
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She’s already stepped up her fitness, too. “I work out twice a day,” she said. “I do more of my yoga and my dance in the morning and I do my cardio at night.”