MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor do not have the most recognizable names or faces in the fashion industry but the brand they created back in 1996 certainly is. These two BFFs are the founders and designers of the world-renowned contemporary known as Juicy Couture.
“Our motto was ‘Nice girls who like stuff we we’re obsessed with’”, said Pamela. “It was a fairytale. It was like once-upon-a-time-there-were-two-girls-who-liked-stuff-and-they-created-the-perfect-girlie collection,” said Gela.
Pam and Gela sold Juicy to Liz Claiborne and stayed on as consultants until two years ago. Now the two women, who describe themselves as “California eccentrics”, are launching their newest venture—exclusively at Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour Shops. It’s called Skaits Taylor.
“Chapter two: the clothes we’re obsessed with now,” laughed Pam.
The eclectic line features day-to-evening looks in prices ranging from $175 to $3,000.
A gold lame “Helena dress” is a body-hugging mini with a bow detail that can also hang long to look more edgy.
A Sergeant-Pepper-inspired jacket is lined with raccoon and paired here with gold lame shorts.
The “Long Goodbye Dress” is a form-fitting, animal print, chiffon gown with a trumpet sleeve. Add a leather jacket and it becomes an outrageous out-to-dinner outfit.
Skaist and Taylor: two women back on the scene with a new name and clothing line, and the same old positive attitudes.
“The thing is, if you believe in what you do and you love it. That’s the “it” and it feels really great,” said Gela. “And if we can do it, anyone can!” said Pam.