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December 2016

Betsey Johnson’s Show Is Better than Cupcakes

By Jennifer Wright

Remember that last column about how the economic crisis was taking a toll on Fashion Week? Well, seemingly not on everyone.

Maybe no one told Betsey Johnson about these dark times, because her show was too delicious for words. Little wonder as the theme was Betsey Johnson’s Sweet Shop. There was no sign of doom and gloom in this veritable candy land, in which the models channeled Queen Frostine in their perfectly puffed skirts. Well, perhaps Queen Frostine with a dash of 1980’s style punk rocker. Fatima of America’s Next Top Model fame did a great job.

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Betsey herself led the guests in a dance and encouraged people to try the table of sweets provided by Sprinkle Society. Meanwhile, a video projected onto the wall showed Betsey “baking” by wildly throwing pink glitter at a chicken. She also appears to be generously providing the boys of Patrick McMullan with day jobs, as they were all there, dressed up as waiters and doling out mini hot dogs and sliders. It’s not every day you are served a vegetable burger by Liam McMullan.

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I also want to say a special thank you to Betsey Johnson for the fantastic sunglasses in her goody bag. In my mind this was the most frivolous and fun show of the week.

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Peaches Geldof was in attendance, giving Betsey’s punk style a run for her money in short shorts and garters. She was also ended at the Alice + Olivia presentation later, where I joined Ask Melissa founder Melissa Meyers and her daughter, Rachel Meyers. Rachel and Peaches are shown posing together below.

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We quickly met up with the talented designer of Alice + Olivia, Stacey Bendet, there with her husband Eric Eisner and their adorable daughter Eloise. Stacey noted that the show this season was “all about characters, as shown by the puppets and the art.”

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The models were in scarce supply. Stacey opted for artistic mannequins and fabulous pictures of the clothing instead, but the beautiful people abounded. Not only were Paris and Nicky Hilton in attendance, but so was 90210 star Shanae Grimes. Shanae was loving her specially made floral print dress by Alice + Olivia.

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While I was enjoying the mini-cupcakes by Baked by Melissa (it was a day full of cupcakes), Teen Vogue took a picture of Rachel’s Marc Jacobs outfit, but cannot feature it, as Rachel is not yet 13. Fortunately, we have no such rules here. Here’s a picture of both the fabulous Meyers women with Kim and Khloe Kardashian.

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The spirit of the shows may be different this season than in the past, but as long as Betsey Johnson and Stacey Bendet are around, the sense of playfulness that makes the week so delicious will not quite be lost.

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