I am biased. I love Betsey Johnson shoes to a degree than might be a tad overenthusiastic even among gals who are half of my age. But, rather than apologize, I revel in that exuberance. Age appropriate? Act my age? No, thank you.
Today’s New York presentation of the Spring 2009 line simply hit all the right notes for me. It also happens to be serious eye-candy for anyone out there who is even remotely involved in the Retro Fashion, Swing Music, Gothic Lolita, or Romantigoth scenes; heck, for any gal with a hardcore girly streak.
These clothes are all Romance and Frills. There are heavy doses of Victorian and Edwardian influences as well as 1950′s-60′s floral chintz; and that’s just at a glance. All these sweet ruffles and layers add up to one sassy and pouty whole.
Quoting fromJohnson herself, who took her traditional runway cartwheel dressed as Peter Pan, conceded that some of the show clothes were “over-the-top.” (They will, of course, be adapted for retail.) That said, she really is focusing on broadening her label’s appeal.”
I certainly hope these don’t get too adapted for retail. I can’t help thinking that these are already pretty much perfect as is. Who doesn’t need a set of lacy knickers in her closet?
And all of this is combined with strappy platforms, flats with ankle socks and naughty knee-highs.
The word ‘Yummy’ comes to mind.
Fabulous fashions also deserve amazing footwear; but perhaps not too amazing. I can’t help feeling that these fanciful shoes (adorned with bows, polka dots, and fob details) would really work better as the focal point of an outfit. Don’t get me wrong; I love the whole over-the-top vibe of this show. But, for me, I love it when the first thing folks notice when I am out and about is a pair of fabulous shoes.
[Photos courtesy of New York Magazine / nymag.com]