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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Betsey Johnson and Cyndi Lauper - NY Fashion Week

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What a treat! Cyndi Lauper performed a mini concert to open Betsey Johnson's 40 year retrospective show at Espace lounge last night.  The designer also celebrated her 70th birthday among friends and fans.

My childhood idol Cyndi Lauper performed a song from her new album, as well as hits True Colors and Girls Just Wanna Have FunHer voice sounded better than ever, and she was adorable in a black jacket, big tulle skirt and corset.

The runway ended up being more of a burlesque revue than catwalk to the complaint of absolutely no one.  Models danced and vamped their way through the 1960's, 1970's, 1980's through looks of today.  The progression also showed the evolution of the label from whimsical, girly party clothes into a full lifestyle brand that encompassed luggage, children's wear, accessories and fragrance.

Guests were treated to rose champagne, pink popcorn and sparkling pink cupcakes while they danced to a rocking soundtrack of my personal favorites.  Betsey's daughter Lulu jumped out of a giant birthday cake in tribute to her mother, and was then joined onstage by Betsey's granddaughters.  Betsey, at 70 years old still ended the show with her signature cartwheel and split.

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This show was one of the most enjoyable events I have had the privilege to attend in my fashion career... Betsey as a brand and designer was an inspiration for its wit and joie de vivre.  She further moved me with her work supporting breast cancer awareness.  Cyndi Lauper was my big girl crush whom I adored growing up.  I loved her indie style and sweet nature.  The combination of the two?  You couldn't keep me away from this show if you tried...

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all photos by Mariana Leung (that's me)

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