The Recessionista’s Fashion News Update

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Pictured: Michelle Obama sets recessionista style in a $35.00 H&M dress on the Today show

There’s so much going on this week just at New York Fashion Week, that’s it’s hard to concentrate on all the other news in the world of fashion, and the many good deals that I have found.  So here’s a little summary update to keep you in the know. 

First up, the First Lady, Michelle Obama in H&M.  I love her style sense.  It doesn’t matter if it’s a dress from a discounter or a couture garment, she varies her wardrobe choices and chooses both with great effect.   This week she turned up on the Today show wearing a $34.00 navy blue dress with white polka dots from H&M.  I was at H&M this week, and they have a couple variations on this dress in the store.  There is a sleeveless version, and a version that Mrs. O wore with three quarter sleeves.

Pictured: Some of H&M’s Polka Dot Dresses on the rack (photo: M. Hall)

 Designer Rory Beca is launching  a collection at Forever 21. I’ve long been a fan of Los Angeles designer Rory Beca.  I usually look for Rory on sale at online club HauteLook or sample sales. But now, the designer is partnering with Forever 21 to launch a lower priced line.  It’s call Rory Beca for Forever, which will arrive March 4th, 2011. Priced from just $5.80 to $32.80.  To get all the details, check out The Budget Babe’s blog. She’s an expert Forever 21 shopper.

Betsey Johnson will launch a new, lower priced collection called Pink Patch at her runway show Feb. 14th. Via her Twitter channel, the designer says, “Betsey Johnson Pink Patch! I’m expanding the collection to offer my designs at a popular price point.”  Good for Betsey–all I can say is what took you so long? 🙂 Pink Patch will offer for under $100.00 US. There will be dresses, mini skirts, leggings, jackets, pants, tutus, over sized tanks, cropped tees, sweaters, and evening dresses. You can see the preview online at her show on Feb. 14th at 6 pm EST/3 PM PST via

Fashion 2.0 Awards: Social Media is now a huge part of New York Fashion Week.  That’s why Style Coalition and The Find are taking votes in the Fashion 2.0 Awards. Have you voted yet?  Click here to vote.

All You Magazine’s March issue features $80.00 in Coupon Savings. Check for the magazine on newsstands Feb. 18th to get the coupons for cosmetics, household items and even Weight Watchers food products.  Click here to see the list of coupons and get some online coupons too.

Savings at Bloomingdales: If you’re enjoying fashion week many of the designers who are showing like Milly, Catherine Malandrino, Donna Karan, DKNY, BCBG, Max Azaria, Calvin Klein and many more are all sold at Bloomingdales.  If you are interested in saving on some designer fashions at Bloomies, then you’ll want to check for Bloomingdales coupons at

Sales of note: Catherine Malandrino is having a sample sale in Los Angeles this week (2/17-2/20) and the Barney’s New York sale continues. Check our sales page for all the details.  Fred Segal Originals is also offering some great items for Valentine’s Day, like Love scarves and wraps, for under $50.00 US.


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.