One of the most anticipated shows of New York Fashion Week is Betsey Johnson’s show. For those of you who weren’t there, here is the invite and program book.
It might just be me but I enjoy all these little details – must be the event planner in me. Here is the inside to the program book which has a cute way of listing out the models, credits and sponsors.
Her press release described how this collection blended “modern elements with her signature vintage style and aesthetic.” The Betsey team cites Brigit Bardot and 1940s burlesque dancers as the inspirations. Take a look at this video highlight clip and you’ll see peekaboo lingerie, corseting, flirty and sometimes borderline slutty outfits paired with Bardot hair waves. What do you think?
Personally, Betsey’s outfits are too over-the-top-girly even for me and these runway styles somewhat reminded me of what Pretty Woman might wear in 2012… not exactly what I want to be emulating. But you’ve got to love Betsey’s shows even if just for the anticipation of her unique model finales and signature cartwheel. Plus you can’t beat the energy and fun factor of a Betsey show which is always why it is one of the highlights of my fashion weeks.
What caused the most stir this year at Betsey’s show was the appearance of a blue wigged, Nicki Minaj. In fact from what I hear, the whole show started late because of Nicki’s late appearance. Sort of a black Lady Gaga, Nicki garners attention with her outlandish outfits. I immediately felt sorry for the poor fashionista who would have to sit behind that giant mess of a hairdo because surely that is all she would get to see!
I never thought Nicki would be the type of celebrity that PR agencies would wrangle and secure for a front row fashion show seat – she isn’t exactly what I’d call the most fashionable. Buzz-worthy yes but mostly for all the wrong reasons. I gasped when I heard and saw that Nicki sat next to fashion icon, Anna Wintour during the Carolina Herrera show this year – what an odd sight that was! Sort of fashion sacrilege in my book, if you ask me!
I imagine Anna must’ve been cringing underneath those dark shades. With all the technicolors that Nicki was wearing beside her, it is no wonder she kept the shades on! What a contradiction in style those two make!
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