Betsey Johnson’s Fall/Winter 2012 show was a total blast from the Betsey past! With psychedelic prints, acid-hued furs, and pops of neon on classic skirt suits, Betsey reached into her archives and brought out a new twist on old classics. (And of course, what would be a Betsey show without some tu-tu dresses, Lulu in a slinky gown, Cheerleaders and Betsey’s ubiquitous cartwheel!)
I stopped by Factory PR last night to check out their Summer 2012 Market, and I now cannot wait for summer!
While I loved all the brands on display, unfortunately most of the clothes would not fit a plus size frame (although they were all beautiful, like the red Black Halo dress pictured), so I focused on accessories. (Because a bag can fit any shape- thick or thin)!
The Betsey Johnson purses & shoes were whimsical, as expected- with adorable polka dot embellishments on the leather bags, as well as a wide variety of shoe styles to fit every current trend. While I don’t have a picture, (due to leaving my camera with my assistant) my favorites were the flat leather sandals that had strips of neon woven through the multiple straps. They’d be perfect with any outfit, and I know they’ll be a big seller come summer.
Steve Madden also had a strong shoe showing- with pops of brights, stripes and blanket prints scattered over the shoes. Expect wedges to be very popular come summer.
Bar III (available at Macy’s) always has great, reasonably priced options in everything from dresses to jewelry (they also offer men’s and home goods), and summer will be no different. With bright baubles and edgy crystal studded pieces, Bar III continues to prove that they’re a go-to counter stop during any Macy’s visit.
And, without a doubt, Ruthie Davis has quickly become my favorite brand to drool over. While I have never worn any of her shoes, I would love to fill the shelves of my closet with her higher than high heels, rose gold spiked platforms and acid bright neon wedges. Now, if only someone could afford to buy them for me….
When I was in 6th grade I was so enamored by Betsey Johnson’s whimsical designs that I wrote her a letter. In the letter I detailed (as best I could at 11 years old) how much I liked her clothes (although I didn’t own a single piece) and how I wanted to be a fashion designer like her when I was grown up.
While I don’t design too much these days, I still have managed to achieve a version of that childhood dream; I work in the fashion industry, go to awesome shows, and I get to play with/wear fabulous clothes. I think 11 year-old me would be satisfied with how the dream played out.
In September 2011 I was given several opportunities that I never expected- I was invited to Betsey’s perfume launch/birthday bash, had a long phone interview with her, was invited backstage before her runway show (where I was almost flattened by cameras when Nicki Minaj walked in), sat 4th row at her runway show and after fashion week I was able to interview her a second time at her Macy’s watch event.
She was everything I expected and more- bubbly, scattered, girly, motherly, energetic, and always with a massive grin on her face. And why shouldn’t she be grinning? With a massive fashion empire that offers everything from runway to ready-to-wear and everything in between, Betsey is even more powerful now at 69 years old than she was when she was younger. Which makes me wonder, maybe the 2nd act of my life will be even better than the first…
Pictures from her Sept 2011 runway show will be posted later…
What’s coming up…
What can you expect next week? Oh, how about:
An interview (and pictures) with Betsey Johnson
These are a few of my favorite shoes
Just how do you wear a scarf?
Dresses so bright they can be seen from space
and much, much more!