Beatlemania At Betsey Johnson!
Every season the Betsey Johnson show stands to remind us that fashion shows are supposed to be fun. Sure, we love seriously serious shows, but we also like to see designers (and models and guests) have a damn good time.
Johnson held her fall show in the Theatre, the largest venue at Lincoln Center with seating for nearly 1000 people. That is to say, the show was huge in every sense of the word. After the lights went down, a Beatlemania montage was projected, setting the tone for the mod-inspired collection. (A “Betseymania” logo was projected for the remainder of the show.) There was black and white, orange and pink, sequins and fur. The clothes were loud, and the music was louder. The mashed up soundtrack featured the likes of “Eleanor Rigby” alongside “Shake Ya Ass”; we were partial to “Lip Gloss” mixed with “Tequila”.
Betsey’s daughter Lulu closed the show to much fanfare in a hot pink gown, and was joined by both her mother and daughter on the runway. For the finale, the models changed into silver miniskirts and graphic tanks, waving silver pom-poms along to “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”. The 69-year-old designer did her signature cartwheel and splits, and everyone stood up and cheered. We love her, yeah yeah yeah.