The Eight-Day Week
70-year-old reality TV star Betsey Johnson (The Style Network’s XOX Betsey Johnson, starring her daughter) and comeback kid (she recently filed for bankruptcy) has dug into her extensive archives and rejiggered her youthquake-y creations to present a Bollywood-style runway show. Break out the neon pink bindis. After Johnson’s style spectacle, funny ladies Sandra Bernhard and Taylor Negron will do some stand-up before a dance performance by Rioult Dance NY.
Almost a week after we learned designer Betsey Johnson would be featured in a new reality show, Betsey And Lulu, comes the announcement that the spritely 69-year-old’s fashion line has filed for bankruptcy. As a result, over 300 Betsey Johnson employees will probably lose their jobs. To top that off, most of Betsey Johnson’s 63 stores will close.
All is not lost, however. Ms. Johnson still has the eponymous show in the works (as far as we know) and according to Forbes, this certainly isn’t the end of the brand name:
Fashion Week Observed
Out of all the shows we’ve gone to during this longer-than-a-week Fashion extravaganza, Betsey Johnson‘s was by far the most fun. Does that come as a shocker to anyone? The 65-year-old knows how to give her legion of fans–who run the gauntlet from punk-rock 15-year-olds to Russell Simmons–what they want, and we’re not just talking about her infamous cartwheel/splits routine that she’s become infamous for.
“It’s Lady Gaga!” Anna Dello Russo, the editor of Vogue Nippon, exclaimed as a woman dressed like a cartoon candy-cane walked onto the runway at the Prabal Gurung show. But it wasn’t Lady Gaga, who hasn’t made a Fashion Week appearance in a few seasons (despite popping up on tip sheets from time Read More
Steve Madden has officially taken full control of Betsey Johnson‘s company in exchange for taking care of her outstanding bank loan. Ms. Johnson will remain the designer of her label. [Vogue UK]
Thom Browne will host the first proper fashion week show for his new women’s collection in New York in February. Read More
“Betsey likes to watch her shows,” someone said as The Observer first entered the lounge on a upper level of the Hudson Hotel’s Good Units. The club had attracted a crowd to the Betsey Johnson after party last night, and some of them were plopped down on couches to watch tape of new collection that Read More
“Can you imagine coming to New York City, as a young designer, right out of college?” Kate Spade Creative Director Deborah Lloyd asked in a documentary that aired this morning before the Elle Fashion Next show at the Koch Theater at Lincoln Center.
It was a fairly pertinent question: the designs that would soon grace Read More
The delightful late-career resurgence of Betty White (popular Super Bowl commercial, Facebook campaign for her to host SNL, now scheduled for May 8, Mother’s Day) has got us thinking about other gero-comical women who refuse to rest on their well-earned laurels. Bless them!
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At the entrance to the Plaza Hotel last night, two girls—definitely models—stood guard wearing black and gold poofy skirts, t-shirts that said “Betsey’s One Night Stand,” and doorman hats.
“I’m just the bellhop,” one of them shrugged as someone chose to forego the rapidly forming line outside.
Betsey Johnson, as expected, threw herself Read More
The year 2008 began with an extravagant bang and ended with a painful, economic catastrophe-induced whimper. Here, we relive some of the highlights.
We started the year worrying that pom-pomed moccasin boots were here to stay. Thankfully, we now know they were not.
Meatpacking district original Florent Morellet failed to understand the Read More