It's always a party at Betsey Johnson. The lineup for the fashion icon's fall 2014 collection was overflowing hours before her show even starts. Even the most stoic photographer dudes can't wait for the bright shiny colors, campy models and Betsey's signature finale cartwheel.
The theme of the collection was "HOT". The irony being the photographer's pit was stifling hot and so tightly packed, it felt like Hell. It was all worth it of course when the models strutted down the runway. I love the retro 80's club vibe to this collection. It made me nostalgic for an era I wasn't old enough to indulge in, kind of like "The Carrie Diaries" on television now.
The biggest feature was the legs. Super-short slip dresses and striped legwear that showed off the gams. Metallic, lame and sequins to make sure that reflective surfaces are your friend. Animal prints in off-nature color palettes and fun fur jackets made sure that no wallflower would ever enter this garden.
Handbags were over-sized. Even clutches and pillbox shaped purses were larger than what you would expect for that silhouette.
I love that 70+ years and Betsey Johnson is still showing everyone a good time. Only now, that party includes her daughter and granddaughters on the runway. Hopefully this is her way of telling us that her legacy is in good hands for generations to come.
photos by Mariana Leung