The Betsey Johnson show is one I most look forward to every season. Is it the fond memories of college? Or the fact that these are clothes I fantasized about wearing as an adult when I was eight years old? I wasn't alone in this anticipation as other female photographers in the pit with me had the same giddyness prior to the show. Whatever the reason, Betsey Johnson represents fun, flirty femmes.
For Spring 2012, our ageless Betsey sent some Punk/Goth Lolitas with a tongue-in-cheek take on skulls and bones. There were duo-sided skull prints, anatomically correct embroidered rib cage corsets and romantic floral skeleton prints. Black and zippered tops and dresses. Super bright pouf dresses were mixed with English garden rose prints in flowing long gowns.
The models were sassy, curvy and had a naughty attitude about them that told the men in the audience who was in charge. Bright red lips with curls styled to the side had a hint of burlesque beauty.
Flamboyant fashion personalities Nicki Minaj and Johnny Weir sat front row to enjoy the festivities. Of course, no show without Betsey's finale cartwheel, which she did (at age 70) and even ended with split. She also gave credit to her daughter who more or less runs the 'bones' of the operation these days.
Always a party, models came out with big metallic balloons to celebrate the collection at the end.