Betsey Johnson’s beatnik-inspired runway show for Fashion Week Fall 2008 is so sexy, a cigarette magically appeared in my mouth right at this very moment. And now I have the urge to dust off that old copy of On the Road I haven’t attempted to read since I was fourteen.

Followers of her work are familiar with the usual Betsey-esque staples: ultra-romantic, fanciful prints and bold feminine designs. With Betsey Johnson, it’s only natural to think pink, so her foray into sleek, 1960’s bohemian chic just makes me love her more. It’s even perfect for an a boute de souffleinspired wardrobe. “This collection is a real flip for me, in that I’m going very dark, beatnik, black, bold, slim-lined, and leotardic. It’s kick-ass with a harder hard edge, in a Joan Jett kind of way” said the designer. Leotardic might be my new favorite word.








It’s going to be a lot of fun going vintage shopping soon with these looks in mind!


Edit: Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the show with Betsey herself courtesy of Nylon.