Betsey Johnson 50 Year Anniversary Show

Thursday, September 17, 2015

This was the most unconventional runway show I’ve ever attended. Starting with the fact that it was a good 20 minutes long (not that I’m complaining). Not only did models strut down the runway, they were dancing on the runway and on the podium in the middle. With Azalea Banks beats, Betsey Johnson did the voiceovers in between her signature looks.




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I’ve thought of ways to write this post, but Vogue just covers it so well. The story. The looks. The inspiration. The delivery. The passion. You felt it all left on the runway.

“With dance as the theme, as well as her five decades of experience in the industry, Johnson squeezed half a century onto the runway. The first looks were set in the present, with Nicki Minaj–esque pieces like a bubblegum corseted tutu dress on top of a neon blue net shirt. As for the ’90s, Johnson gave grunge a playful riff with rose-patterned tutu dresses fastened with blue corsets paired with cherry print tights. There was also the rock attitude of the ’80s, which included jumpsuits with punchy pinstripes, and a very cool plastic jacket outfitted with zippers on the sleeves.

But it was the ’60s that introduced the most wearable looks. There was a strongTwiggy influence in a mod-style Mandarin-collar striped pantsuit, as well as a polka-dotted minidress with an oversize collar and sleeves. Baring some skin, there was a slinky violet dress with the naval-skimming décolletage opening bound by mini bows.

The last looks, which hailed from the ’50s, were the most sentimental: Johnson designed the pieces based on her original dance costumes as a child. There were charming, nude leotards adorned with mini frills at the waist and striped with sequins, as well as a bedazzled red crop top and a pleated miniskirt. For the grand finale, before Johnson did her traditional cartwheel, she handed Pimm a bouquet of flowers. Then she was followed by models in leotards printed with American flags, proving that the designer always remembers the important things.” –

The show was everything you ever heard from show goes. Bright, sparkly, crazy, and entertaining. I was so lucky to be able to attend this show, especially with the cut in seating this season.