Monday, November 29, 2010

New! Betsey Johnson Tights at Cactus Flower

Tights: Betsey Johnson. Boots: Thrifted. Top and skirt: thrifted from the vintage section of Cactus Flower.

We just got several pairs of these amazing Betsey Johnson tights. Wear 'em under skirts, cutoff shorts or even dress down a cute floral number! When it gets cold, you can play around with layering different patterned tights. 
Not only are they lovely and well-made, they allow us to represent a wonderful designer who has been a big name in the fashion industry since the '60s.

Betsey Johnson in 2004. 

Some Background on Betsey:
Betsey Johnson, now in her sixties, got her start fresh out of college (Pratt Institute + Syracuse University) when she entered and won a guest editor contest at Mademoiselle magazine. She continued advancing in the fashion world and was a large part of the late sixties "youthquake" fashion movement and Warhol's factory scene, along with colleagues like Edie Sedgewick and Lou Reed. She was actually married to The Velvet Underground's John Cale, but divorced him almost immediately.

Edie Sedgewick wearing Betsey Johnson, late 70s

She opened her own boutique on the Upper East Side of NYC in 1969, after a brief stent as the in-house designer at a Manhattan boutique, Paraphernalia. In the '70s she ran the rockinest of rock n' roll fashion labels, Alley Cat!

Betsey in the late 60s, Paraphernalia days. 

A Betsey Johnson for Alley Cat label from the 1970s.

She started her own line in 1978. She is known for coming out at the end of her fashion shows to do cartwheels on the runway.

Her penthouse in NYC, which she designed and then sold for $3.6 million. Whoa.. 1,660 square foot of pink!

A Betsey Johnson label from the 1980s. 

Next to the Betsey Johnson Legwear, you'll also find tights and knee-highs from French Curve and Free People. 
Come into the Cactus and explore our accessories! 

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Wine, Women, Song & Fashion

On Thursday, October 21 we participated in a benefit fashion show for My Sister's Closet, a local second-hand store that specializes in affordable professional attire for women.

We had four girls from our shop modeling four different outfits, including a vintage 40s dress from upstairs, and two new items from Many Belles Down. The event was sponsored by The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Winter Warmers

Midwest Novembers are chilly...stay warm!

Jessica is wearing :
*a single-button coat with an amazingly giant hood, THEME
*a hooded scarf, David & Young
*fingerless gloves, David & Young