Betsey Johnson is always my favorite show, despite the fact that I haven't been able to wear most of her stuff since I graduated from high school. (Most offices dislike it when you show up to meetings wearing leopard print body suits.)
One interesting thing about Betsey's shows is that her models always look like they're having fun. For one show, at least, they can put aside their photogenic lack of expression and really ham it up. So I was surprised when the first part of the show - called "He Loves Me Not" - started up, and a bunch of black-wigged models stalked down the runway looking grim and gothy and not at all chipper.
The explanation came in part two, "He Loves Me," which featured Betsey Johnson's new Pink Patch collection. The garments in this section were all under a hundred bucks, which is cheap for most ready-to-wear, and featured brighter colors and prints. Most interesting, though, were the models. Or should I say lack of models, since every mannequin strutting by was a staff member of Betsey's - in other words, "normal" people, in a variety of shapes and sizes. (One was even pregnant.)
I loved this, of course, but not just because it's nice to see some body diversity in a fashion show. No, what I loved about it was that the clothes still looked great, proving that you don't have to design for the size-2 set, if you know what you're doing. (Also, it was fun to see the muted horror on some of the stylists' faces as the normals took over the runway.)
Now, as a friend of mine pointed out, if only Betsey starts making clothes in sizes larger than a 12, we'll all have something to cheer about.