Betsey Johnson Fall 2011 Collection: NY Fashion Week (With Video)
Betsey Johnson's Fall 2011 Collection, which was presented at this evening at Lincoln Center during NY Fashion Week Fall 2011 was a spectacular production---and definitely is the highlight of the entire week. The "He Loves Me...He Loves Me Not" show was more fun to watch than most of the theatrical productions currently headlining on Broadway--and was a wonderful way to spend Valentine's Day eve.
The collection was colorful and whimsical, as one would expect from the eclectic and charismatic designer. The show started with models (each with a blunt, dark wig) wearing the "Black Tag" Collection, described by the program as sophisticated, sexy and sleek. Each look had a name, such as "Wicked Game" and "Heartbreaker". The collection featured a fantastic black and white leopard print suit and wonderful dresses, including one that was both dramatic and sculpted (accessorized with a black and white leopard shawl and matching hand-warmer). Next up was the "Pink Patch" Collection, which is described in the program as "Affordable (under $100), Accessible and True-Blue Betsey". The fantastic footwear worn by all of the models throughout the show, called the "Lizzzy-L" collection (seen on the model in the above photo), was provided by Steve Madden and is available exclusively at SteveMadden.com and Steve Madden's mobile site for a limited time.
Gallery: Betsey Johnson Fall 2011 Collection
After her models walked the runway, employees of Betsey Johnson's fashion empire strutted the runway, too, wearing what looked to be pieces from previous collections while wearing blond Betsey Johnson-look-alike wigs. The "real models" included store managers, regional managers, design assistants, stylists, the knitwear designer, and even the VP of Retail Operations. The "real models" were of all shapes and sizes. One was pregnant (she looked adorable, by the way) while the last to walk (more like dance down) the runway was the lone male in the group (a store manager, named Seth Lefkof, according to the program) who revealed his identity after tossing his wig into the audience.
Johnson followed the "real models" by appearing in a dark blunt wig and and dark coat, which masked her identity. After pulling a friend out of the audience to dance with her, she took off the coat, and the wig to reveal her striking poker straight blond mane---followed by a loud burst of applause from the audience. Johnson continued down the runway, stopping to hug and kiss a few admirers along the way. Johnson then did her signature cartwheel (perfectly, by the way). (See video below)
Betsey Johnson is the complete package. She is a true artist, a trendsetter and a great performer, to boot. All you need is love? No, all you need is a little Betsey Johnson in your life.
A video of the entire show can be seen on Betsey Johnson's website.