"It ain't the clothes, it's what you do with the clothes!" - Betsey Johnson, today at the Seattle Betsey Johnson store
Wow today was such a surreal whirlwind for me! Y'all remember when I told you I got selected to go to a Betsey Johnson meet & greet with Yelp? Apparently, only FOUR yelpers got to go! One yelper got an invite after submitting an entire power point presentation of the Betsey Johnson outfits and accessories she owns and where she'd worn them! So how did I get in? This was the email I sent:
I just watched the video of Betsey's runway collection. All I can say is, "Wow!" What fun! Her clothes are full of LIFE, and the people who wear them are not afraid to be themselves and express themselves through their fashion. I would love the chance to meet Ms. Betsey Johnson - a woman who embodies the spirit of her designs and inspires others to do the same. I recently started a style blog (http://lwu81.blogspot.com) to document my own forays into figuring out how I want to express myself through fashion. It would be a treat learn more about what inspires her - the inspirer!
And guess what?! I did learn what inspired her most recent collection!! So now you get a sneak peak into today's exclusive event and my brief encounter with the lovely, passionate and positive Betsey Johnson!
I've been anxiously anticipating this for awhile - anxious because: What do you wear to meet a world famous clothing designer like Betsey Johnson? Luckily, I have my husband to keep me grounded. He reminded me that my problem was a 1st world problem. He was right. So I didn't plan today's outfit. I woke up this morning and threw on something that seemed FUN :)
And, I did decide to let out my inner fashion nerd just a little.
Of course when I got to Betsey Johnson, I realized I was a bit under dressed. HA!
I heard that many of the store employees are also members of a burlesque troop in Seattle. [Thanks to Burlesque Seattle Press for letting me know the troupe is called the Atomic Bombshells]. And they led the party dancing in the store windows to the DJ's party music.
Look! It's me feeling awkwardly under dressed with the dancers, lol. Can you spy the Anthro?
There were cupcakes and mimosas aplenty. Guests were treated to manicures by Julep and makeovers by Benefit cosmetics. Everyone was dressed to the nines! I was immediately jealous of all the
I love the humour in this outfit. Sometimes we take ourselves way too seriously, and this just reminds you to laugh!
More gorgeous frockage!
Of course Yelp's Seattle community manager, Katy H., and another yelper (whose name eludes me...) were in the know and dressed in some of Ms. Johnson's finest. BTW, doesn't the blue dress on the right remind you of Anthropologie's Sunrise & Midnight dress? Betsey Johnson even has a dress like this in a similar colorway.
Anyway, this unnamed yelper gave us a hot tip that every year during the fourth of July weekend, Betsey Johnson stores across the country have a buy-one-dress-get-one-dress free offer (including sale dresses!). She says the sale isn't ever advertised, so you have to be "in the know." Well, now you KNOW!
When the guest of honor arrived she joined the burlesque dancers to the tune of 'Telephone.'
omg squeeeeeee! oh yah, and I'm a little shiny from the Benefit makeover that was supposed to "brighten and tighten"
So what inspired Betsey Johnson's Spring 2010 RTW fashion show [images from Style.com]?
Betsey explains that she ran into a cyclist, and she realized the cyclist was dressed like HER! That's how she was inspired to base her line around cyclists for this Spring's runway show. See her describe that inspiration and her impression of Seattle here:
Whew! Sorry for the long post! Thanks so much to Betsey Johnson, Yelp (especially Katy H.!), Julep, Benefit, Trophy cupcakes, and Von Reuss cosmetics (who included a sneak peak of their new 2011 cosmetics line in the swag bag)!
BCBG Maxazaria lace top w/nude tank sz M (thrifted $5)
Leisured Zebra silk skirt by Lil, Anthropologie, sz 4 ($30 sale)
Ginormous(ish) black elastic zippered belt H&M ($13)
Black sweater tights ($8)
Kelsi Dagger black beaded flats ($30)