Betsey Johnson’s 68th Birthday Bash!

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Last night Betsey Johnson was generous enough to host a public party in her Soho store for all her customers and fans. Let me tell you, Betsey has a LOT of both!

I’m not sure how old I was personally when I first discovered Betsey Johnson, but I remember her being the first fashion designer I was really aware of, and later, in love with. Maybe it was years of reading Seventeen and YM, dreaming of someday going to Prom that first exposed me to Betsey. But her aesthetic, the tutus, crazy patterns, and bright colors weren’t far off from what I grew up wearing–my mother used to dress me in similar clothing from an amazing local boutique, sort of “betsey lite”, as a child.

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Twenty odd years later, I never would have imagined I’d be going to Betsey’s fashion show, let alone her birthday bash in nyc! Before she had even arrived, the store was nearing capacity, with customers of all ages filling every corner of the boutique. I made a few rounds, taking photos and eating delicious mini treats, then decided to go outside to get some air. I ended up making the smart choice, because soon after, Betsey herself arrived–or so we thought.

A pink stretch mini-cooper containing several Betsey lookalikes arrived first:
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Not long after, surprise! Betsey appeared across the street from the store, wearing a gorgeous pink dress, and riding a pink bike:

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Betsey and the lookalikes posed on the pink carpet:

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Betsey was touched when PAPER magazine’s photographer brought her some old fashion show photos as a birthday treat:
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Betsey then went inside the store to meet and greet customers, and of course, be sung “Happy Birthday”.
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Everyone working the event was dressed in their best Betsey finery, including their intern!
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I went for a more heat conscious approach, but made sure to include some sparkle in my outfit, to get in a festive mood:

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Random old black tee, long earrings from Arden B circa 2002, and a tank/vest from All Saints.

I think I left a trail of sequins all over New York City!

Kind of like the heart rose petals blowing up and down Wooster Street from the party:
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I had so much fun at Betsey’s birthday bash, and feel incredibly lucky that I got to personally wish Betsey a happy birthday. If this is what she does for her 68th, I can’t wait to see what she has planned for her 70th!

See the full photo set here.

Spring/Summer 2011 New York Fashion Week Preliminary Schedule

IMG has released the official NYFW s/s 2011 schedule on their web site. More changes are TBA, but you can at least get a good idea about what is happening when from this schedule:

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So excited for the new designers that have chosen to be a part of MBNYFW and show at Lincoln Center! Especially L.A.M.B! I’m still waiting on some off site shows information, and the MAC & MILK schedule. I will update this post as soon as I receive it. Just over a month left until the fun starts!

Elisa Palomino Spring/Summer 2011

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Over the last month, I’ve seen a few snippets about Elisa Palomino’s spring 2011 show pop up on various blogs. One of my new favorite designers, that I discovered last season, Ms. Palomino was selected to participate in Alta Roma‘s “Who is on Next” event at Roman fashion week.

“Who is On Next? Is the competition organized by Altaroma in collaboration with Vogue Italia, whose key objective is the search and promotion of young designers on the national and International scene. A project targeted specifically at up-and-coming fashion designers who already produce their own collections and who wish to match themselves against the dynamics of the market.”

I’ve heard rumors that another show will be taking place during New York Fashion week this September. I’ve got my fingers crossed, hoping this is true! Last season’s show was one of my favorite fashion shows ever, and put Elisa on many “designers to watch” lists.

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The embroidered details of the spring collection are mind-blowingly beautiful!

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This dress has to be one of my top ten favorite dresses of all time.
Frequently influenced by iconic women, this season, Palomino was inspired by the myth of Persephone:
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S/S 2010 Photos courtesy of Elisa Palomino.

View my Fall 2010 Elisa Palomino show review here, with the full Flickr set here.

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Elisa Palomino after her f/w 2010 show in nyc. February 17, 2010.

Alexander Wang Sample Sale: Starting Tomorrow!

EDIT: Looks like the sale is now open, a few hours early!

Earlier in the week while I was walking around shooting street style in Soho, I bumped into a bunch of interns unloading a truck full of clothing for the Alexander Wang sample sale.

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I hung out for a few minutes watching the merchandise coming off the truck, but quickly decided there wasn’t anything I was really interested in. A lot of “sweats”: sweat pants, sweat shirts, sweat dresses, etc. Not really my thing. I didn’t see any shoes or bags being unloaded (what I’d be REALLY interested in), but racked.com has a preview of what’s to come and mentions a lot of accessories. Supposedly there will be over 8,000 items. The stacks of clothing I glimpsed before the windows were papered over were pretty massive. Madison Avenue Spy got a preview of the merch as well, and seemed to find better stock than what I saw. If there is something you desperately want, or you need a sold out size, I’d brave the expected insane line and check it out. Overall though, it doesn’t sound like the merch will be that much cheaper than current sale prices on sites like shopbop and La Garconne. The boots I wanted were (last time I checked) literally the same exact price online.

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