after speaking with jen, betsey johnson’s main social media girl, about yesterday’s show, i had already readied myself for a retro explosion. called “BETSEYMANIA! (caps were necessary),” the fall 2012 collection was basically beatlemania, betsey style. tons of color, chubby furs, and sparkles galore. and of course, the designer’s va-va-voom daughter lulu closed the show. the models then came out in sparkly suits reminiscent of sgt. pepper’s lonely hearts club band, betsey came out with her granddaughter in tow, and did her signature cartwheel down the runway. as if you expected anything less.
p.s. what does a girl gotta do to get that orange-and-pink coat? #gimme
when i mentioned that i had stopped by the betsey johnson showroom during fashion week, what i forgot to include was that the spring 2012 collection was just chillin. as in, hanging out on racks strewn around the place like it ain’t no thang. yes, my slang is awful, but it was awesome to get a look-see at the line before it even walked the runway; there were dainty florals mixed with sequins, acid green and skull print in true betsey form. because why can’t you wear both? at the same time, no less!
for those of you uninvolved in the fashion industry, the idea of visiting a designer’s studio sounds glamorous and exciting. the reality is that studios, also known as the main work space of an artist, are often messy and disorganized, especially preceding a big event as was the case when myself and a few of the tumblr 20 stopped by betsey johnson hq. seamstresses were sewing, assistants were scrambling and betsey herself was still amidst market appointments a mere 36 hours before her show.
note: that dominatrix-looking dress above is an outfit for an ice-skating program for which betsey is designing. the main inspiration for this look was lady gaga.