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Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis: Betsey Johnson

Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis: Betsey Johnson

The Fashion Icon Talks lecture series at Manhattan 92nd Street Y presented the septuagenarian (yes 70 yr old) fashion icon Betsey Johnson interviewed by Fern Mallis, New York Fashion Week’s personal powerhouse. Johnson playfully engaged the 500+ crowd gathered in Kauffman Hall from beginning to end, answering honestly and giggling when it felt right, which was often.

With topics including her early years at Mademoiselle, a battle with breast cancer, bankruptcy, and an upcoming reality show – there wasn’t a dull moment in the bunch. Reminiscing on the days of yore, she walked the audience through the party days to starting a family.

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At one point she said:

“I had the 60’s…boom! The 70’s…boom! And then the working women’s wardrobe came along. Uh oh… if it weren’t for the working women’s wardrobe, I wouldn’t have had time to have a kid!”

It wasn’t just Q&A, the queen of crazy sexy cool style offered up some advice too! Her parting words were, “Keep on kicking!” A small sliver of why we here at FDM, and so many others, absolutely adore Bets. Written by Sarah A. Freiseis.

Sponsor MARTINI Sparkling Wines gifted the bubbly designer with an over-sized bottle of Asti decorated with her name in silver crystals. After the speaking engagement VIP attendees were able to chat with Johnson and enjoy minis of MARTINI rosé, asti and prosecco.

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