This Betsey Johnson clip makes me really happy. It's just a little Easter Egg from the House of Style segment that we shot with Betsey that didn't make it into the final cut earlier this week. I wanted to share it with you guys anyway because she voices what I'd long suspected which is that her talents can occasionally be overlooked because she prides her designs on being fun, approachable and sometimes zany. We love to think about contemporary fashion as being this wonderful egalitarian thing especially now that all the hot, cool girls mix high and low and vintage and everybody who's ANYBODY is doing a capsule collection with an affordable purveyor bla bla bla but sometimes it means we don't pay enough respect to people who have been cutting shrewd silhouettes since forever at the price-point that Betsey Johnson has always played in.

In this clip, she talks about what it would look like if you selected all her designs--spanning all the decades since the '60s and all the trends she's experimented with--and showed them as a timeline all in black and how it would be an accurate depiction of some of the most enduring and elegant silhouettes through history. She's a generous designer who makes clothes that forgive flaws (and often has pockets!!!) and that's what I enjoy about her. Also, she says "Sharon" in this clip because that's our producer and while we could have cut it out we didn't 'cause Betsey was on a roll and dropping science.

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Betsey Johnson is one of those rare famous people who won't disappoint you. She's kind and generous with her time and her sunny disposition and champagne-sipping zaniness is endlessly charming. Plus, she drops jarring fashion truth bombs like: "Pssshhh ombré's been around since the sunset." (!!!!!) She's seen and done everything and it's awesome that at 70, she continues to design. When you walk into her studio, there's clothing EVERYWHERE. Tulle petticoats hang from the ceiling, intarsia dresses from the '60s share space with bias-cut slip dresses from the '90s and there are these mini altars devoted to new trends she's chewing on with ripped-out inspiration magazine pages and various little geegaws like painted china, jewel-encrusted shoes and sequin-riddled bits of fabric. There is also candy.



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