#NYFW- My experience at the Betsey Johnson Fashion Show - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
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#NYFW- My experience at the Betsey Johnson Fashion Show



Hello Ladies .Happy Monday!

I wanted to share more of my experience at the Betsey Johnson fashion show for #NYFW. Here is a bit of history about the designer if you are not familiar, and much about my day at the event!












Betsey Johnson is an American fashion designer best known for her feminine and whimsical designs. Many of her designs are considered “over the top” and embellished. She also is known for doing a cartwheel at the end of her fashion shows. *wiki*( * courtesy of nymag.com)

Johnson snagged a spot on the fashion map in the sixties and seventies for helming culty brands and heading up chic boutiques. She started her eponymous line in 1978 with ex-model Chantal Bacon. The two opened a boutique in Soho and sold Johnson’s dancewear-inspired creations, tapping into a punk-cum-Warholian aesthetic. While countless brands describe themselves as “flirty” or “sassy,” Betsey exemplifies both.  Soon the brand expanded, and she went on to design watches, lingerie, and a Samsung cell phone.  It was announced that in 2013 she will release a lower-priced line of clothing and accessories, under her parent company Steve Madden, which will be sold in stores such as Macys and Nordstrom.

The day began just as any other day. I woke up, stumbled half asleep to take my bubble bath, took my medications, and back to bed to sleep a few more hours. Only, this was not just any other day! My second fashion event of #NYFW was to begin in mid afternoon, and we were to take a ferry and a uber to get there, so it was time to get ready. Ah, the joy of the Uber! One must have a low stress threshold to be able to be a driver. Everyone cutting off everyone in an already busy street, made it almost easier to get out and walk to the show. Nevertheless, we made it and saw the heard of cattle, I mean, people filing into the venue as each person moved taking out their acknowledgement to be there. We walked in and gave our names, if somehow, I was on a list, it was there and I could relax a little.

Walking in a square-toed vintage shoe, with only a 1.5 inch heel made it possible as I saw girls of all heights, shapes and sizes in 4 and 5 inch stilettos making their way through the crowd. At first we were ushered to the back, then summoned to sit in a row with a cute little pink swag bag with Betsey’s name on it. I can honestly say I never thought those words would be uttered by these lips and it is quite fun to say! Swag-Bag! A cute hot pink bag with a pink cup and large made for the show can of Big Sexy Hair Hairspray which was used for the show, making the model’s hair look like a heavy wind wouldn’t put a hair out-of-place. Remember Aqua Net ladies? My 1980s big hair originated from such a can!

The show began with bright frocks of bright pinks, yellow and blue, what one might call “Prom Gone Wrong” in 1970s shimmery gold and blue tops underneath frilly big poufy dresses ala Betsey Johnson. She narrated the show and her words were wearing these dresses “doing the walk of shame” . I think it was meant as what is expected,, fun , frivolous looks to begin the show. Then  the narration took a poetic form as we went through the eras of the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s on. Signature floral layered dresses with corsets adorning the outside of the look were quite fun as I have a detailed leather jacket of hers with a corset styled back to tie.

Models strut down the runway with Veronica Lake hair, later with the 80s only to turn into Billy Idol-punk white stiff hair.( where that hairspray comes in). There were 70s patchwork jackets in reds,browns, yellows. Punk rock looks in edgy see through biker jackets, orange shift dresses, and striped jumpsuits. A variety of looks through the eras, as music would remind us. The show was a tribute to Betsey’s dance instructor when she was growing up, and the later look reflected this with ballerina-like tutus as skirts as the models danced to each song. The last portion of the show, they came out with 5-0 balloons for her time in fashion, and she walked around the front row and did her signature cart-wheel.

I truly enjoyed myself and got to experience both an intimate show with INC30/Macys and a lively fashion show by Betsey Johnson.

Here are some of the outfits I like on her on-line shopping site.

Of course I love this dress  this dress  and this  lace number. 

Linking up: with Visible Monday, Still Being Molly, Share in Style ( every other Mon), SHoe andTell , How I Spring Manic Monday, Monday MingleLinkup with Lisa Tues: Garaytreasures Link Up  Style Sessions,Walking in Memphis   Bless Her Heart Wed: The Pleated Poppy, Get Your Pretty On,Random Wednesday,   Style Me Wednesday  Watcha Wearing Wednesday,  Jersey Girl Texan Heart  Trendy Wednesday  Momsmorningcoffee Thurs: A Labour of Fashion,Reason to Dress,  Throwback Thursday Friday:Passion 4 Fashion  ,Style Elixer    Fun Fashion Friday  / Forage Fashion 


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  • Sarah Blodgett
    Posted at 11:29h, 22 September Reply

    Betsey Johnson is one of my favorite designers!!! Thanks for letting me live vicariously!!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 15:11h, 22 September Reply

      Absolutely! She was so fun and energetic 🙂 xx

  • Elle
    Posted at 12:13h, 21 September Reply

    I love her vivacious designs ! She is a consistent designer who loves to dress women in such a playful way. Great shots, and great coverage my friend!
    xx, Elle

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:21h, 21 September Reply

      Thanks Elle!! Glad you like my account of the event. Hubby got the great pictures!
      XO jess

  • asallows
    Posted at 11:58h, 21 September Reply

    Wow, what bright, fun outfits! Sounds like a busy but wonderful time!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:22h, 21 September Reply

      I know, fun looks and yes, very busy!! Have a great day! x

  • sandypatti
    Posted at 09:08h, 21 September Reply

    I love her and her designs – fashion as fun! xox

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