We like Betsey Johnson now, but we loved Betsey Johnson fifteen years ago, which is why we spent last night watching these vintage videos instead of True Blood. Her team's uploaded an insane archive, dating back to 1978 when Betsy debuted her namesake label and sent gyrating models down the runway in neon satin dresses with major side ponytails and shoulders I'll call Balmain even though I'm aware they weren't that back then. You can catch Steven Tyler and Marc Jacobs walking her runway, as well as Pat Field, Bjork and of course, the famous ending cartwheel. There are ten videos posted so far through the eighties and into the early nineties, and they'll be adding more on a daily basis on Youtube, their Facebook page and via Twitter.
Betsey Johnson Files for Bankruptcy
Betsey Johnson LLC, the licensee that operates Betsey Johnson’s 63 freestanding stores, women’s apparel and e-commerce, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, WWD is reporting. Most of the 63 stores will close within the next few week and 350 employees are expected to be let go. Betsey Johnson herself will stay on as creative director to design the brand's lower priced Betsey Johnson line, sold in Macy's and other mass retailers, as well as oversee accessories and other licenses. "I love the moderate price range," she told WWD. "It is in synch with all the girls who are buying my clothes." Jonathan Friedman, Betsey Johnson's CFO, issued the following statement: