In the moments preceding a Betsey Johnson show, it seems to be that the only thing to talk about is how excited you are for the Betsey Johnson show. I was lucky enough to be able to snag a seat next to Heather of the hysterically witty duo The Fug Girls, and the only topics we managed to cover pre-runway were our current states of hunger, Joe Boxer (the personage, not the garment), and the sheer joy and happiness that only Betsey Johnson can provide. This season Betsey took on Victorian Goths, showing her models in black bob wigs wearing corseted dress coats and plaid numbers that, when sold in stores, will be utterly wearable. This portion of the show was literally doused with animal print in sheer unitard form, which, let's be honest, is pretty darn great. The layering effect produced gave the looks added dimension, some of the later velvet dresses looked almost Galliano-esque. But the fun didn't stop with the leopard onsies. Part deux was a whole other animal, indeed.
New for fall in Betseyville is a line of Betsey's basics, her best pieces from her legendary career, all priced below $100. Just to get the point across that the new Pink label Betsey Johnson line was really for everyone, BJ had her employees (even the guys) model the looks on the runway while wearing wigs designed after Betsey's signature coif.
Later Betsey emerged disguised in a black wig and coat, to lure Pat Field into what I think may have been a dance-off. Then came hugs for daughter Lulu, and finally, one big cartwheel as the crowd cheered. A bevy of models traipsed out after in rose hued knickers and ADR-worthy heart candy box headpieces that read "I F*cking Love You."
By this point I was nearly certain that I couldn't feel any more jolly, but then I found the mini champagne bottles with pink straws backstage.
***All photos by IMAXTREE