Good News & Bad News: Maria Pinto Closes, Stylish Recyclable Shoes, More

February 15, 2010 by Tara Trombetta
shefinds | Style

First, let’s get the bad news out of the way:

When Michelle Obama was first spotted wearing Maria Pinto, it was love at first sight. Of course, Oprah was a fan, too. But unfortunately, hard economic times are forcing the designer to close shop and file for bankruptcy protection. We’re all hoping that this is only a hiatus, allowing her to regroup and come back stronger in the future. [Chicago Sun Times]

It appears Vogue had a little too much fun with Photoshop when they transformed Tina Fey’s lovely face for the March cover. Couldn’t a touch of concealer have done the trick instead of a heavy-handed Photoshop job? [NY Daily News]

Now, for some good news:

Jean Paul Gaultier and Melissa, a Brazilian sustainable shoemaker who has done collaborations with Vivienne Westwood in the past, are joining forces once again (their first collaboration was in 1982). This time they are launching a recyclable stiletto heel that is slick and sexy. It will be available in March and is definitely going on our eco-friendly shopping list. [Vogue UK]

Handbags may get a price adjustment in the near future. Designers are reconsidering demand and consumer appetites, and rumor has it that classics like Coach, Kooba, Treesje, Botkier, and C.C. Skye will be dropping the starting prices for popular goods by a couple hundred dollars. Scoop up savings now with these discounted designer handbags. [WWD]

“Davies by Erica Davies” is the next designer-discount line to launch on QVC just in time for summer, with prices in the very affordable $44 to $59 range. The looks include an embellished tank, maxi dress, and cropped trousers. The contemporary designer follows on the heels of other big names like Thuy by Thuy D., Gypsy by Mara Hoffman, and Twist by Christian Francis Roth. [WWD]

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