NYFW A/W11: Betsey Johnson

By  February 18, 2011

Although her show was titled ‘He Loves Me Less’, it’s safe to say that we love Betsey Johnson even more than we did before. Launching her new Pink line (everything is priced under $100) and showcasing her pre-existing Black line, Johnson showed a collection full of colour guaranteed to leave after-images glowing in your vision for days afterwards.

Building on classic Betsey Johnson elements for the Black line such as tartan and leopard, as well as adding traditional sailor tattoo motifs into the mix for the Pink line, influences ranged from neon street-wear hooded jackets and drop-crotch trousers to light flowing full-length maxi dresses and Victoriana puff-sleeved jackets.

The Black line was first up on the catwalk, and focused on a mix of floral and leopard prints in contrasting colours. Particularly inspiring were the velvet accents and corseted neck collars that added a touch of gothic glamour to the young-at-heart punk vibe of the entire show. More experimental than in previous seasons, this fall collection showed that risks are often worth taking.

Following not too far behind came the new Pink line: affordable fashion at its very best. Rather than using professional models, Johnson was bold as ever and chose to showcase her collection on fifty of her retail shop staff – talk about perks of the job! Seeing iconic Betsey Johnson designs such as the infamous prom dresses and graphic t-shirts reappropriated in such a way really brought home not only how fashion has had to become accessible in order to survive, but also how well her clothing works on a variety of shapes and sizes.

A much-needed dose of high-impact shades, this was a refreshing sight that’s sure to lift the spirits of anyone contemplating the debilitating post-fashion week blues. We prescribe tea, cake, and Betsey Johnson cartwheeling down the catwalk…

By Rebecca Braund for Tokyo Telephone