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Betsey Johnson  NY Fashion Week Fall 2007

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Betsey Johnson Fall 2007

First let's start from the beginning. Each fashion show begins with the invitations. And trust me, we sometimes have to judge a show by the invites (due to double booking) if the designer's reputation doesn't stand out. Designer Betsey Johnson has never had this problem.

Her reputation for putting on a good show is impeccable and her taste when it comes to the invites has never failed. For her Fall 2007 collection, she sent out invitations slipped into pairs of white gloves and asked her guests to join her for tea at the "Betsey Johnson School of Charm." I thought she was kidding, but kidding she was not, which I quickly noticed when both sides of her runway was set with petite four-person tables and set for tea for front row guests. Could she be more cheeky?

The runway had frilly white curtains with her signature in off-white letters above the runway opening, and two ladies in French-maid's uniforms opened the show by strutting out with some feather dusters. Her collection included 59 looks (many more than the typical show) and attracted the likes of Rev. Run, Russell Simmons, Beth Ostrosky, Fran Drescher, Lauuren "L.C." Conrad, Todd Oldham, Aubrey O'Day (from some Diddy-founded pop group although she looked a little more famous than that with her bright blue cocktail dress, teased-up blond pony) and many more.

Let's not forget to talk about the actual clothes strutting down the runway. The collection was very girlie (signature Betsey) and I thought it was very wearable. There were some high-waisted pants I wouldn't go for, but the frilly frocks, full of color and life were absolutely perfect. Either way, she knows how to put on a good show.

Show favorites included: the taupe heart print silk dress, the scarlet wool jersey halter dress, the black and gold striped trapeze dress and the ivory embroidered dot evening dress. Betsey ended with her runway strut (which is really what everyone was waiting for) and performed her trademark cartwheel, then danced around with her baby granddaughter. Super cute!

For more information:
Bismarck Phillips
550 Broadway, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10012
Phone: 212.741.0630

Written by: Natalie Dolce
Photos: C. Yohance DeLoatch
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