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Betsey Johnson: Hot collection is sexy, playful and colorful for Fall 2014

Betsey Johnson's Fall looks launched at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week are fun, sexy and extremely colorful. The 2014 Betsey’s Hot collection is her grown up playful style ready for clubbing or perhaps a disco. The program for the show was a photo of a countertop hot plate, with the emblem, on front that say’s Betsey’s Hot and a warning, Caution Hot.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Lincoln Center, Feb. 2014 - Betsey's HOT -Fall 2014 collection
Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Designer Betsey Johnson presents her Betsey's HOT Fall/Winter Collection at Lincoln Center, New York, NY
Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz

If one looks at a box of crayons and attempts to use every color to create that drawing in a strong contrast, then one is well on their way to stepping into the design world of Betsey Johnson.

With her schoolgirl thigh high socks over hosiery and cleverly printed bright leopard to shoes with solid color anklets with striped thigh high hosiery, Johnson’s design principles are clearly playful looks with whimsy. Even getting in the character of the outfit each of her looks are given names to explain perhaps an alter ego, or a name for a future Bond girl: Bambi Burns, Honey Comb, Charity Case, Lotta Love, Ginger Snap, Candy Darling, Kiki Deville, Lady Latex, Kat Atonic, Fantasia Foxx, Lola Lexus, Mercedes Royce, Dallas Diamond, Cherry Tart and Scarlet Scorcher were just a few of the names.

The first look, Bambi Burns: began the show with fingerless sequin gloves, platform pumps, loads of chains, hot pink signature Betsey Bag, pink print long sleeve knit mini dress, with sunshine yellow thigh high socks, and plumy pumps, the crowd was ready for creativity to abound.

From this point on, it was shock and awe. Look two consisted of combinations of jeweled boots and florescent yellow lace unitard, with sheer bright hot pink knee length pleated skirt, and black strapless bustier, with huge gold chain and black amulet.

As the show progressed, it was evident with each look that physical prowess would be needed to wear the young at heart dance club look. I loved the powder blue, neon pinks, sunshine yellow, peacock purple, turquoise, lime green, tangerine orange, and lipstick red used in the show. Fabrications, of sparkly lace, sequin dresses, shear skirtings, leather, bold neon prints, animal print jackets, open work sweaters and signature bright leopard prints were all here for the hot look.

At the end of the runway show, when all the models had left the runway, clouds of steam started coming from the backstage to the runway entrance accompanied by the song “Fire” by the Ohio Players started. After a moment, two firemen emerged while the entire room was singing the song, followed by Johnson, who came out with her grand daughters.

Walking the length of the runway, Johnson, age 71 stopped and did her signature cartwheel and splits right in front of where I was seated. The room cheered and then all the models came on the runway and joined Johnson and family all carrying balloons.

For those that know the Betsey Johnson style, the signature short dress with full circle skirt with tulle was there. My favorite, though, was a long version of the ultra full dress in a red strapless version to the knee. This dress would definitely be a hit for fall and the holiday season. So whatever your style, there are pieces for this fall season for girls that want to have fun.

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Cindy Ann Peterson, AICI FLC is a couture designer and an award winning image and style consultant. Named by the Netherlands' Kleur and Stijl as one of the Big 7 color and style consultants for Washington DC. She is also a co-author of "My Style, My Way" and "The Power of Civility." Having lived around the globe, she speaks on a variety of style and civility topics and reflects an international flair with her Peterson Perspective to delight and inspire. Visit her website at

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