The founding-mother of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Fern Mallis once described Betsey Johnson as “one of the youngest designers in business”. Johnson was 56 at the time. After seeing Betsey’s Spring 2011 collection, I’d wager Mallis might still have a point, regardless of the thirteen years that passed.
Last night (September 12), Lincoln Center witnessed a most colorful crowd, paying Betsey a most deserved homage. An army of admirers in fishnets, leopards, red Scotch plaids, florals and hot pink swayed towards the show – among which a Nicki Minaj (heavily accessorized with a blue wig and bedtime-snuggly stuffed animals necklace) was spotted later on.
Amidst the sea of galvanism, the show launched with Lulu Johnson (Betsey’s daughter, business partner and BULLETT interviewer) bringing the house down in a sheer cream gown. Cream evolved to nile green and powder pink, which softly turned into big print patterns and signature leopard, excusez-moi with layers of lime green and hot pink. Needless to say, with studs, sparkles and Bowiesque bolts sprinkled on the top. Yes, I saw the whole show as one big delicious cake.
The show ceded with Betsey’s much-expected cartwheel, after which the army left with tiny hot pink goody bags that considerately included socks.