Betsey Johnson, Bethany Mota tapped for ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Betsey Johnson
After her signature cartwheel, fashion designer Betsey Johnson does a split at the end of her runway show at L.A. Fashion Week at LA Live in March.
(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Energetic fashion designer Betsey Johnson -- known for turning cartwheels and doing splits at the end of her shows -- has signed on for season 19 of “Dancing With the Stars.” Some wags are making fun of the selection of Johnson, 72, and comic Tommy Chong, 76, because of their ages. (“Get out the orthopedic shoes and Visine,” said the New York Daily News.) But said wags clearly haven’t seen Johnson in action.

California fashion blogger Bethany Mota was also tapped for the show, along with Tavis Smiley, Lea Thompson from “Switched at Birth,” Sadie Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” and more. [Los Angeles Times]

In other fashion and style news:

Red carpet critic and comedian Joan Rivers died Thursday, a week after she was hospitalized for complications following throat surgery. [Los Angeles Times]


New York Fashion week is in full swing, and our Booth Moore and Adam Tschorn are there. Read their coverage on the Los Angeles Times fashion blog, and follow them on Twitter at @booth1 and @ARTschorn

A new style competition by GQ has NFL stars contending to be voted Most Stylish, the magazine announced Thursday via a news release. The contenders are Victor Cruz (New York Giants), Cam Newton (Carolina Panthers), Eric Decker (New York Jets), Colin Kaepernick (San Francisco 49ers), Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals), Arian Foster (Houston Texans), Earl Thomas (Seattle Seahawks), Michael Crabtree (San Francisco 49ers), Demarco Murray (Dallas Cowboys), Donte Whitner (Cleveland Browns), Eric Ebron (Detroit Lions), and Randall Cobb (Green Bay Packers). Fans can vote through Oct. 15 at How GQ Are You?

Scarlett Johansson and Romain Dauriac welcomed a baby daughter. [People]

Pantone decrees that colors for spring 2015 will be soft and cool, with aquamarine dominating. [Racked]


Jason Wu sold a majority stake in his business to InterLuxe and plans to open his first flagship store in N.Y.C. and grow e commerce as a result, WWD reports.

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