Betsey Johnson’s Fall 2012 collection transformed the Beatlemania culture of the early sixties into Betseymania. You can always count on Betsey Johnson for a self-referential theme. This collection mixed sixties staples like houndstooth mini skirts, pageboy hats, and mod prints, with Betsey’s signature prom girl dresses. There were a few neon skirt suits that recalled a Cher Horowitz on acid, which I’m still undecided on. The show closed with a parade of models dressed as scantily clad cheerleaders, marching behind Betsey, her daughter Lulu, and her granddaughter. It wasn’t the most cohesive mix of styles, from fluoro to mod to skulls and skeletons, but Betsey Johnson collections are always more fun than logical. To wit, the show drew the most unlikely, lively assortment of celebrities I’ve seen so far this fashion week: Karmin, the rap-meets-musical theatre duo most renown for some YouTube videos and an SNL performance, was in the same room as Harry and Peter Brant. As you can imagine Peter Brant II was the only man in an ascot in the theatre. (On the other side of the spectrum, there were at least two men in dresses.) There was also a pregnant Kristin Cavalleri, Cory Kennedy (who had changed into a Betsey Johnson ensemble after Karen Walker), and Coco Rocha, all seated together. It felt more like a fun party than a fashion show, but sometimes after five days of “serious fashion” a little tacky palette cleanser is just what you need. Photos: IMAXtree
Betsey Johnson Fall 2011: Valentine's Day Bash
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.