[betsey johnson velvet skull coat, joe's jeans, rosegold boots, vintage jewels]
photos by E. Banks Photography
I was so sad and surprised to hear that Betsey Johnson filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and that her stores will be closing! I've always admired the spunky fashion designer, not just for her whimsical clothing creations, but also for her overall joie de vivre.
This velvet coat is a Betsey Johnson purchase from oh, about six years ago. While I loved stopping into Betsey's hot pink stores, I had to admit to the shop girls that most of the items were sadly out of my price range. They always insisted that I just stay and play dress up, so I'd try on racks of party dresses and tons of high heels. I could usually walk away, but this was one clothing item that I couldn't leave behind. It has accompanied me on a few tours, and even kept me warm in the winter weather at the Sundance Film Festival.
This witchy coat is one of my absolute favorite things. It's embellished, over-the-top, and totally Betsey. I will surely miss all of BJ's designs, which always make me feel like a rock 'n roll queen. However, while it seems like Betsey is closing up shop, I'm sure this isn't the last we'll hear of that feisty broad!