At NY fashion week, Betsey Johnson showed two fall 2011 collections. First was her Black Tag line which was full of velvet, black, flowers, and animal prints. There were many dark, goth and punk style ensembles but all with a Betsey feel. Each model was wearing an animal print pantyhose bodysuit, which is questionable in general but in some outfits works surprisingly well, and a ruffle neck-corset-esque choker, which I have seen all over the place lately from “alternative” designers, an interesting trend for Johnson to pick up. I love the exaggerated shoulder coats and the huge floral attachments on just one shoulder of many of the pieces.
In addition to her Black Tag collection, Betsey Johnson revealed her new Pink Patch line. The models for this collection were Betsey Johnson employees and friends all in matching blonde wigs. It’s refreshing and fun to see regular sized and shaped women on the runway at something like NY fashion week. Instead of going to big-box stores to create a lower price point line, Johnson did it herself and created a line full of her signature looks, poofy party dresses to kitschy and floral bold prints, with all items priced at under $100. I love this because it means it will be easier to get some Betsey items into your wardrobe but everything from this runway show that I am truly lusting after is from the Black Tag collection.