What was the highlight of fashion week for me? The irreverent, vivacious Betsey Johnson presenting her Fall 2011 collection at Lincoln Center on Valentine's Day. Undoubtedly, her show is the brightest trip of the week. This season, she presented both her upmarket Black Tag collection and her more affordable, Pink Patch lines on the same runway.
For the 33 years, Betsey has put on a fabulous show for her downtown girls. The models were relaxed and beautiful in clashing over-saturated florals and prints. They strutted in short Louise Brooks black bobs with lace spray-on color insets.
There were peplum jackets and skintight pants in black and white leopard prints. Red rompers over shiny red leopard tights were seen. Red plaid tartan bustiers were worn over long fuchsia skirts. While the collection on the runway was great on the models, the individual pieces were wearable for non-model types too. My personal collection (of now vintage) Betsey Johnson dresses still receive compliments, so I can attest that each piece is workable in any wardrobe.
For the downtown girls, hipster girls and girly girls, Betsey Johnson has something for each of you.
The best part of the presentation was when Betsey Johnson sent her staff of girls and the occasional boys dressed in her clothes at the end to universal audience support of whistles and clapping.
The designer herself came down the runway and for her trademark finale cartwheel and dragged Patricia Field of Sex and the City fame down the runway with her.
Miss Jay from America's Top Model fame and the ever present, Robert Verdi, were also spotted in the audience.