She kicked off with her higher-end Black Tag line. Models wore bobbed, painted wigs — backstage after the show one of them told us the stylists used lace to spray-paint the pattern onto the hair. The dark and moody Black Tag looks were followed by the lower-priced and more brightly colored Pink Patch line modeled by Betsey Johnson boutique employees from across the country. I chatted with the model wearing a green crushed velvet romper — I had a knee-length Betsey Johnson dress in that exact cut and fabric circa 1995.
The Alice and Olivia presentation may have been cool — and truth be told I’m probably more likely to buy Alice and Olivia than Betsey Johnson. But I wouldn’t trade in her runway experience. It was a welcome reminder of what’s important: not who’s the skinniest or trendiest or richest, but who’s appreciating and celebrating life.
Cartwheel photos via JBCStyle.
Close-up runway photo via Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.