The show started off with the sportier apparel, bringing to mind race-car drivers, cyclists, and skater chicks, with the two-way road printed runway only adding an extra touch. These looks evolved into more feminine frocks in black and white characterized by the sassy femininity that Betsey Johnson is known for. Soon color sprouted up in whimsical floral prints of every color. After the bright floral dresses, suits, and jumpsuits came Betsey's signature frilly and lacy confections with endless layers of tulle. If you think this show couldn't have more elements, then you're wrong: these dresses morphed into playful sailor-themed getup, though some were a little more on the costume side if you ask me, rather than channeling the youthful but sophisticated look of Betsey Johnson's designs. Last but not least were a series of neon highlighter-hued gowns that were intriguing and really caught my eye.
The entire show was brought together by silver tiaras, neon green eyeshadow and neon pink cheeks and lips, and choker necklaces proclaiming "Ride Me."
The idea of the show was "Le Tour de Betsey," a journey throughout the different areas of New York City, the black and white looks representing the Upper East Side, the sailor looks symbolizing Fleet Week, and the cyclist-inspired apparel striving to represent Central Park (and perhaps the many bike lanes installed by Bloomberg in the city).
Photos from nymag.com
This runway show was one of the most fun and exciting ones I've looked at for this "Color on the Runway" series and stayed true to Betsey Johnson's aesthetic, which is one that I greatly admire.
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