New York Fashion Week, Fall 2008: Betsey Johnson


It's a beat thing, daddio. Betsey's Fall show was inspired by "beat chicks" and their berets, cat eye sunnies and all black ensembles. However, there were many touches of Betsey: rocker blazers, belted halter dresses, feathers, animal-print wrap dresses, oversized fur coats, and skinny pants with sheen. Compared to the other shows, whose color palettes have been rather subdued, Betsey's vibrant hues are a double shot of espresso, man.

Betsey also showed some items from her archives and some of these prints were way out there. For example a yellow sweater with oversized handguns emblazoned on them. Betsey?! On the less dangerous side were poufy cherry-print dresses, high-waisted shorts, a hot pink mini turtleneck dress and a retro striped swimsuit. The old Betsey is back . . . but with a newfound fierceness.

To see more from Betsey Johnson, including a video, read more

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