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Elizabeth Taylor—The Business of Glamour


As word spread this week of Elizabeth Taylor’s death at age 79, the fashion and style world displayed an outpouring of lamentations generally reserved for royalty. Indeed, one of the most iconic figures in style and entertainment from the last century, Miss Taylor was a legend of unrivaled stature. Her elegant past as a Hollywood starlet, her influential role in modern fashion, and her compassionate use of celebrity to further social causes—all of this and more will be remembered for years to come by generations of fans and followers.

Miss Taylor stands out among the superstar entertainers of the 20th Century for many reasons. Not only was she a stunning beauty with talent to match, but her business acumen and charitable work proved that she was a unique woman of unusual depth and character.

After starring in some of the most beloved films of the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, (National Velvet, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Cleopatra) Miss Taylor went on to distinguish herself as one of the trendsetters and tastemakers in worldwide fashion. Notorious for opulent diamonds, historic pearls, and larger-than-life outfits, she set the stage for generations of aspiring superstars.

In the 80’s Elizabeth Taylor stepped into the fashion world as an entrepreneur, releasing a line of fragrances, starting with Passion in 1987, and followed by White Diamonds in 1991, which went on to become the highest-selling celebrity perfume of all time. Her line of perfumes is still a top seller nearly 25 years later, with White Diamonds seeing $70 million in sales last year.

As an activist and philanthropist Miss Taylor raised the standard for celebrity involvement. One of the first celebrities to champion the cause of AIDS awareness, she founded the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation and amfAR. Recent reports have stated that the actress willed the bulk of her estate, estimated to be at least $600 million, to these charities.

Unlike many celebrities who become super-famous at a young age, Miss Taylor was able to make wise investments and sound business decisions over the decades. Besides fragrances, the actress diversified her branding to include a line of costume jewelry for Avon, a line that continues to be Avon’s most sought after jewelry. Despite her glamorous reputation, Miss Taylor was considered a “savvy, steely-eyed business woman” according to ABC News. She is expected to be listed along with Marilyn Monroe and Michael Jackson on Forbe’s annual Top-Earning Dead Celebrities rankings.

We here at BMS would like to salute Elizabeth Taylor for leading a truly glamorous life and for proving that style and business can be a successful combination. We hope her commitment to charity and humanity will be an example for everyone else involved in fashion, glamour and style.

To make a donation to the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation follow this link:

JW Yates

New York City, New York

March 25th, 2011


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March 25, 2011 at 5:11 pm Leave a comment

Fast Retailing Co. Ltd. gives Bangladesh a Boost

Our client Theory’s parent company Fast Retailing Co. Ltd. is giving Bangladesh a boost “launching an intiative to produce low-cost clothing and create jobs for the people of Bangladesh”. Read more in the following links:

July 16, 2010 at 10:09 am Leave a comment

Register for a FREE Webinar from BMS: “Time Is Money: Innovative Methods of Increasing Speed to Market”

Join Business Management Systems on Friday, April 16th for a free informational webinar on increasing your company’s speed to market.

“Time Is Money: Innovative Methods of Increasing Speed to Market”
A free hour-long webinar and Q&A hosted by Business Management Systems to discuss the all-important issue of increasing your speed to market, keeping fashion-forward and maintaining that crucial competitive edge over your competition.

Event Info:
April 16, 2010
2 PM – 3 PM EST

Click on the link below to register for this free event:
Register Now

Space is limited, so we recommend registering by next Wednesday, April 14th in order to secure your spot.

We look forward to a valuable discussion and would enjoy your participation!

Any questions? Email

April 7, 2010 at 8:57 pm 1 comment

6 Principles of Employee-Driven Change Management from MISI Company

We recommend checking out this interesting article on MISI Company’s blog outlining what they have determined to be the six key principles of employee-driven change management.


“[…] the most critical component to your success: the people who will be most effected by the change. Failing to understand your workforce diversity and how your changes will affect the way various employees do their jobs can potentially result in significant negative impact on such things as work continuity, optimal work process adoption, productivity and morale.”

Read it in full here.

March 26, 2010 at 9:05 pm Leave a comment

Using Twitter for Business from ‘The Cheeky Marketeer’

Appropriately enough, I found out about ‘The Cheeky Marketeer’ blog from one of our followers on Twitter. The author hasn’t updated in quite some time–a shame, because she has some excellent postings, in particular this post on using Twitter for business.

Blogger and marketing professional Ingrid Catlin outlines the 4 top methods of using Twitter for business, including:

1. Broadcasting company news & events

2. Providing customer service/support

3. Promote new offers/discounts/sales

4. Build a community around your brand

I highly recommend reading the full article in detail, especially if you keep a Twitter for your company (we do!) I also recommend reading ‘Thoughts of an Average American (as Imagined by a Marketing Executive)’…just for laughs!

October 15, 2009 at 8:06 pm 1 comment

Women’s Liberation from…Stilettos?

UK news website The Independent reports a new movement taking place overseas. A movement to free working women from the treacherous snarls of…high heeled shoes?

Don’t get them wrong. Although they believe that high heels are “sexist” and “good for glamming up but not good for the workplace”, campaign leaders from the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (SCP) are not looking to ban high heels from your place of business–only for women to be afforded the choice to wear more orthopedically sound shoes.

While it may seem ridiculous at first, consider women such as flight attendants and retail saleswomen who, despite the active nature of their jobs, are required to wear high heels as a part of a uniform or dress code.

Ah, yes. The proverbial “gray area”. I think we’ve found it.

Ready to sink your teeth a little deeper into this burgeoning debate? Read the full article HERE.

Pretty...or hazardous?

Pretty...or hazardous?

October 8, 2009 at 6:57 pm Leave a comment

BMS at the California Fashion Association’s ‘Economic Crystal Ball’

Business Management Systems is a proud member of the prestigious California Fashion Association, and greatly looking forward to attending tomorrow’s special CFA event: ‘Economic Crystal Ball’.

“The California Fashion Association presents a relevant program for today’s
economic uncertainty.  A diverse panel of experts will weigh in with their
‘crystal balls’ for Retailing, Transportation, International Trade, and all
things related to the future of the Apparel & Textile industry of

We look forward to what is sure to be a rich and enlightening program, and excited to once again connect with fellow CFA members (and to meet some new faces as well)!

October 7, 2009 at 8:36 pm Leave a comment

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