The Los Angeles Look on Sale and Fashion News

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Pictured: International Shopping club Beyond the Rack features LA Designer Jenny Han today for 60% off.

I have to give a shout out today about the effortless chic of Jenny Han’s California cool collection of modern apparel. Who is Jenny Han you may ask? Jenny is a Los Angeles designer who has been putting out great quality, vintage inspired pieces since 2004. Her styles are elegant (crafted with quality fabrics like silks, satins and cashmeres) that scream opulence. But today, her designs are on sale at Beyond the Rack and there is nothing opulent about the prices. And best of all, Beyond the Rack ships internationally, so all recessionistas can enjoy these great deals.

The intricate details and vintage inspired patterns of her garments have made Jenny’s collection a red-carpet staple among Hollywood celebrities and industry insiders. Check out Nicki Hilton in an adorable Jenny Han vintage inspired dress.

Pictured: Nicki Hilton in Jenny Han

Nicki Hilton mixed black opaque tights and Mary Janes with this adorable white Jenny Han mini-dress. Personally, I am lusting after one of Jenny’s maxi dresses for summer parties. I wish I’d had one of those maxi dresses for yesterday’s party. Here’s a great looking one from the Beyond the Rack sale.

Fashion News and Deals

Now, a little round up of fashion news and deals that have interested me this week.

For those of us dedicated to the lure of “free fashion” there is a Gucci handbag giveaway at Ideeli today. This is an updated Gucci bag design with a colorful rose tattoo on the front. An interesting take on a classic.

Pictured: Ideeli’s Gucci handbag giveaway. Click here to enter.

New York Magazine’s The Cut section has a story on the new Anna Sui collection for Target with preview pictures. Sadly, I am underwhelmed as are many of the commentators on the piece. I’ll wait for the next Anna Sui sale at Anthropologie.

Betsey Johnson is thinking of retiring. Say it ain’t so. I have a skirt from the old Betsey store on Main St. in Santa Monica that I bought 10 years ago. I still wear it. It’s just beautiful. I wish Betsey would do a budget line before she retires. 🙂

Recently, Oprah Magazine featured the fabuless Norma Kamali collection for Walmart in its pages, and now the new summer stuff is selling out. O let us know next time, before you run something like this! 🙂 Please be more sensitive. So, just a reminder, now that Oprah told everyone how great this collection is, if you are thinking of ordering, you might want to check to see if your selections are still available online.

Speaking of Norma K, I didn’t realize that she designed the red swimsuit Farrah Fawcett wore in her famous poster. She knew Farrah for years. There is a nice piece about her memories of Farrah in the Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog. Click here to read it. A nice tribute to a former cover girl turned actress who really did want to be taken seriously.

Enjoy your Sunday! I’m going back to coffee drinking, newpaper reading and coupon clipping. You know, the simple things 🙂


Since 2008, Mary Hall has been the author of The Recessionista Blog, which is read by thousands of regular readers in over 160 countries. An internationally recognized expert on the art of the living the good life for less, she has been a commentator on local, national, and international radio and TV shows. Her advice has been featured in over 2,000 media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, Life & Style magazine, ABC News, NBC News and now The Huffington Post, among many others.