Reported by *Cassi Hurd, Contributing Editor
Edited by Vivian Kelly
Last season, the big news was that Betsey was selling her company. This season, the news is Betsey’s launched a more affordable way to get your Betsey on – the PINK PATCH line. The lower-priced line [according to a report in www.style.com is that the everything in the line is under $100.
“It started with the airline stewardesses who would buy my bags or perfume but couldn’t spend a paycheck on a dress,” she told style’s Brittany Adams.
Just because she’s offering a nice price, does not by any stretch mean that Betsey’s cutting back on variety. No way.
She also mixed pieces from her “elevated contemporary line”) called Black Tag in for those who can splurge. Even at the higher price points, though, Betsey Johnson is a designer who offers a relatively gentle price structure for her fans.
The fall 2011 show was chock full of classic Betsey-isms and broken-down into two acts. Befitting the Valentine’s Day show date, there was “he loves me”, and “he loves me not”. There were the beloved Betsey staples: lace, animal print, plaid, fur, and denim. This time, it seemed that denim served as a source of inspiration, as all the fabrics appeared to be different variations of denim. The color theme was varied and showcased reds blacks and grays.
The second act was softer and incorporated soft and flowy materials with cabbage rose and skull prints. There were a lot of corsets and velvet.
At the end of the show, Betsey sent her whole staff out in a variety of her looks, all wearing blonde bobbed wigs.
Then, to top it off, Bestey herself walked the runway in a black wig similar to her models, ripped it off exposing herself, and then proceeded to cartwheel and dance down the runway. As every Betsey show we’ve ever attended, this show had a lot of energy and the whole audience was very involved, especially at the end, when Betsey treats us to her famous cartwheel.
*Cassi is the editor of http://www.youniquechic.net