Monday, August 12, 2002

'My Blue Heaven'...

That's what Betsey Johnson named her East Hampton house, and that is what she named her 60th birthday party/spring-summer 2003 fashion show, which was staged there this past Saturday, before approximately 270 fashion pros, friends, and family.

If you weren't already out at the 'East End' for the weekend, it was quite a schlep (the bus from Manhattan which was used to take those city bound fashionistas to the event, got lost on the way to Betsey's house - resulting in another 45 minutes added to the almost 3 hour trek). But I must say, it was well worth it once you got there! The adorable antique filled house was set up with different vignettes throughout each room, where 28 outfits were displayed (ranging from a sweet kitchen scene to one in the powder room that was decidedly 'S & M').

The formal show of 56 outfits was staged around her pool, which was perfect for showing off the many great swimsuits and bikinis. Also on parade were many of Betsey's signature looks: colorful, sexy, bare, girlie, exuberant, with plenty of flounces, ruffles, appliqued flowers and floral prints. The models all wore 'diamante' tiaras, courtesy M&J Trimming.

Betsey has always ended her show with that trademark cartwheel...but this time, in honor of the special occasion, she tumbled right into her swimming pool, blue ruffled and tiered dress and all! Happy birthday Betsey....long live your spirit and joy!

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