As New York Fashion Week comes to a close, one of the highlights of the week is the Betsey Johnson Fall 2013 Collection. Energetic 70 year old cart wheel diva Betsey Johnson debuted her Fall 2013 Collection to much surprise as most thought she was doomed after filing for bankruptcy. Apparently backer Steven Madden stepped in and save the day. Best known for her pouffy and frilly dresses, Johnson showed her new active wear line on a catwalk that included cell phones, flirting, and a dynamic exercise routine led by the designer that included running in place, yoga and pull-ups.
The garments presented were a mix of workout gear, party dresses, and accessories, all styled together in a wild explosion of colors -yellow, teal and hot pink lyrca -and layers. Cropped workout pants and zip-up jackets were printed with BJKicksA, the theme of for the show itself. Non-active wear clothes included sheer maxi dresses worn over leggings topped with faux fur.
Activewear by Betsey Johnson includes neon-spotted matching pantsets, topped with hot pink quilted vests. Models wearing these sporty numbers ended up prone on the floor, arms outstretched, doing yoga poses!After the model walked, they formed a line, where Johnson led a spirited “class” where tights were used for pulls and champagne bottle were used as resistance. The runway instantly transformed into a yoga studio with a series of curls, crunches, and sit-ups!
Betsey Johnson closed her show with her daughter Lulu, granddaughters and signature cartwheel with the loudest crowd ovation heard within the tents. What are your thoughts on the Betsey Johnson Fall 2013 collection? Will you be watching the reality TV shows “Betsey and Lulu” next month?
Check out more from the Betsey Johnson Fall 2013 Collection below:
Betsey Johnson’s company sent the fashion world into a tizzy on Thursday, having filed for bankruptcy. But not to fret—the party is far from over for the legendarily perky designer. Despite having to close 63 freestanding stores, Johnson will stay on as creative director for the brand focusing on sportswear and her moderately priced line, among other projects.
I certainly didn’t see this coming. As a fan of Betsey Johnson fashions (and even more a fan of her MBFW runway shows) I thought they could do no wrong. However, the company was in deep water after a $48 million loan evasion that resulted in a bail out by Steve Madden (Steve Madden Ltd. owns intellectual property rights to the company). The Wall Street Journal explains that the brand’s luxe prices are simply not affordable to its younger demographic and could not compete with lower-priced retailers (H&M,Topshop) targeting the same customer base.
But hold back your tears, because here’s a bit of good news: a few flagship stores will remain open in Manhattan and a few other cities. Saks Fifth Avenue,Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom will continue to carry the collection. Johnson also plans to hold a runway show during Fashion Week in September to promote her more affordable frocks. “I love the moderate price range,” she told WWD. “It is in synch with all the girls who are buying my clothes.”
The 70-year-old will also be cartwheeling onto—what else—reality television. The show, Betsey + Lulu, is set to air this July and will star the designer and her daughter. She will also put her nose to work releasing two more fragrances to follow up last year’s release of Too Too.
Looks like things are looking up for one of my favorite eccentric fashion brands, check out some of our favorite Betsey Johnson runway moments & let us know if you’ll be keeping an eye out for their new “more affordable” lines coming soon.
As effervescent as ever, Betsey Johnson revealed a bright, multi-colored approach to Fall as only she can. It’s always a challenge to give a brief synopsis of a Betsey Johnson collection, her eclectic style paired with mix and match colors, styles and patterns always makes it interesting when trying to nail down her collection in two to three descriptive words. Instead of offering a description of her Fall 2012 ready to wear collection, I’ll just let the photos do the talking…
How would you describe the Fall 2012 Betsey Johnson Collection in THREE WORDS?
It’s officially less than a month away and the Spring 2012 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week show line up has been announced. There’s an impressive list of new and returning designers that are prepared to show their latest collection at Lincoln Center to hundred of thousands of fashion industry professionals, insiders and VIPs.
“New York City is the fashion capital of the world, and from September 8th – 15th Lincoln Center will become the heartbeat of the city,” says Peter Levy, SVP Managing Director, IMG Fashion Worldwide. “Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, the city’s single largest media event, is proud to offer some of the biggest names in fashion, as well as young and emerging talent, an unsurpassed platform to debut their Spring 2012 Collections.”
“This season’s diverse lineup ofdesigners is a testament to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and Lincoln Center’s ability to create a world stage for the fashion industry to showcase everyone from the well established brands to the future stars,” said Lisa Holladay, Manager of Brand Experience Marketing for Mercedes-Benz USA. “The scope and support of the event continues to evolve and with it comes new opportunities and benefits for those involved.”
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week will present the following designers:
Tommy Hilfiger Men’s
Son Jung Wan
Diesel Black Gold
Chado Ralpho Rucci
Milly by Michelle Smith
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*Denotes first time showings at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week / Lincoln Center.
If it hadn’t been for Betsey Johnson, Jenn Barron and Lauren Antos would never have met. They came from Chicago and Boston, respectively, to work at Betsey’s New York City showroom on the very same February day in 2008. Design and production is Jenn’s area of expertise and Lauren’s game is styling and retail. So from the get go they naturally complemented each other. It wasn’t until they returned to New York to work for Betsey Johnson during Fashion Week the following September that it dawned on them to start their own company. Recently, Divas and Dorks got the opportunity to check out these designers and get some insight into the world of fashion…
DIVASANDDORKS.COM: How did you get started in the world of fashion?
LILY & MIGS: Jenn had her first sewing machine at the age of two and Lauren was well known for her playground fashion styling advice. So we’ve both had a solid love affair with fashion at very young ages. We both went to school for degrees in fashion as well; Jenn for design and Lauren for fashion merchandising and buying.
DIVASANDDORKS.COM: Lily & Migs is an interesting name, is there a story behind “Lily & Migs”?
LILY & MIGS: Oh, of course there is! When we were trying to give our brand a name we initially thought “Name it after the kids”, at the time Jenn was pregnant and Lauren already had two kiddo’s of her own. Jenn swore up and down that she was having a boy, which in her husbands family tradition would have been named Miguel (a name she often shorten to Migs) and Lauren’s daughter was Lily. So the name “Lily & Migs” had a nice ring to it as it also represented both Jenn and Lauren. But the real twist in the story comes when Jenn didn’t have a boy… instead she had a little girl, Amelia. So now the company is named after Lauren’s daughter and Jenn’s husband, which we always have a good laugh about.
DIVASANDDORKS.COM: Name three gadgets you can’t live without and why?
LILY & MIGS: If you have ever spent a little time with us you’ll quickly learn that we always have a different opinion on EVERYTHING… in the end it always leads to a wonderful meeting of the minds. So Jenn is team iphone (and all things apple) and Lauren is team blackberry (after two iphones proved to not be kid-proof). Although Jenn works diligently to convert Lauren to be a mac lover on a daily basis.
As for three gadgets are concerned, I would have to go with our Keurig, cell phone, and ipod touch; Keurig because we’re both self proclaimed caffeine junkies, cell phone for communication, email and social networking purposes and the ipod touch for “Words With Friends” and music.
DIVASANDDORKS.COM: You both started as interns with Betsey Johnson, what was that like?
LILY & MIGS: Once in a lifetime opportunity. We were both long time fans of all things Betsey and getting to meet and work with her on a daily basis was amazing. We both were the “older” interns, so we instantly connected. Betsey had a great way of mixing big business without loosing her artistic flair and between crazy errand runs, endless searches in Betsey’s vast vintage collection, and our late night’s living it up in NYC we often ask ourselves how we survived… let alone wanted to start our own company!
DIVASANDDORKS.COM: What’s next for Lily & Migs?
LILY & MIGS: Like any business we want to expand, but we like taking things slow allowing us to still be able to focus on the important things; quality of our product and our clientele. That said, we are hoping to expand our boutique list as to where we are carried; within the US as well as overseas. Most recently we have begun working with Christina K. Pierce Styling and Consulting team and are very excited for things to come!
For more on Lily & Migs, visit them online at www.LilyandMigs.com.
So it’s no surprise as I began my Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week with the Richie Rich Runway Show, spent Fashion’s Night Out at Patricia Field’s and culminated my show week early with the Betsey Johnson Runway show….IT’S OFFICIAL I’VE BEEN RE-BORN AS A FUNKY-CHIC, CLUB KID!
Last night’s Betsey Johnson show left me weak in the knees — there were so many cute spring looks in this line and I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT. (Ciara, Kelly Osmond, Angela Simmons, Omarion and more enjoyed the show as well!) Here are some of my favorite picks! Check out some photos from last night’s Betsey Johnson Spring/Summer 2011 Runway Show….
(Photos: Yannis Vlamos / GoRunway.com)