Betsey Johnson's Farewell
from POP SHOTS: 9/14/2012 on WWD.com
On Tuesday evening, Betsey Johnson threw a farewell fashion show showcasing her magnificent run from Twiggy to twilight. The show was a raucous celebration, in spite of the brand having filed for chapter 11 in April. Johnson, like Gloria Vanderbilt, decided to contrast the old with the new. The final collection was introduced by four decades of designs showing her offbeat sensibility but also motifs that would now be considered politically incorrect: cigarettes, guns, and raccoon tails! Cyndi Lauper, wearing a black Betsey tutu, performed a rocked out updated version of her hit ballad "True Colors" which had the audience in a frenzy. Johnson, of course, ended the show with her signature cartwheel down the runway. At age 70, we should all be so lucky… and flexible!
Betsey Johnson's last show