Betsey Johnson. Her name invokes images of embellishments, funky patterns, and my favorite, bows. Everything Betsy does is over the top, from her creative and whimsical designs to her signature cartwheel at the end of every runway show. That is why she is featured as the first designer in the Monday Musings posts.
A little background….
Betsey is a 69 year old designer, born on August 10, 1942. She graduated from Syracuse University, and was an intern at Mademoiselle Magazine the summer after her graduation.She quickly immersed herself in the fashion culture becoming the in-house designer for Paraphernalia a Manhattan boutique, and friendly with Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgwick, and Lou Reed. In 1978 Johnson started her own fashion line, and while this first show was a success her second, was a flop. To sell her clothes she opened a store in SoHo and has since opened hundreds of stores world wide. She has managed to jump infront of the trends and designs clothes for women, who like herself is small on top and big on the bottom.
“Girls do not dress for boys. They dress for themselves and, of course, each other. If girls dressed for boys they’d just walk around naked at all times.”
Betsy loves animal prints, and while my closet is lacking some spots these fun pieces could be added to anyones wardrobe. Some of the pieces are designed by Betsy Johnson, and I threw in other options that are less pricey. If you’re not a huge leopard or cheetah fan, try incorporating the spots into your jewelry or footwear. And of course you have to love the 1950’s-esque Cheetah hair band.
“I’m usually the sparkle in a closet full of conservative clothes. Either that or my customer has a closet full of my clothes and a few conservative suits from Calvin Klein. I think you’ve got to give a girl what’s missing from her closet. If something jazzy, tacky or sexy is what’s missing, I provide it.”
Now as the title of this blog suggests, I am a HUGE fan of anything that sparkles. This set features an adorable silver dress from Delia*s (which could be perfect for the winter season coming up), along with a sequined shirt, shorts and a sheer top with a sequined collar. For the girls who are new to wearing glitter there are some fun accessories such as a pink and black Betsey Johnson bag, earrings and necklace to add some shimmer to your more toned down outfits.
I love Betsy’s fearless designing, and while it may not be appropriate to wear a bedazzled leopard dress to class, adding funky and different pieces to your closet are perfect for a night out, or could be a bit of a pick me up for your wardrobe. What do you guys think? Would you wear any of the pieces I listed above?
*The photos of Betsey Johnson were taken by the lovely Courtney Seymour!