Betsey Johnson's 68th birthday bash was both pink and jam-packed, with the ebullient designer at the center of it all, talking shop and plastic surgery. The scenario was like a replay of the recent Material Girl launch at Macy's: platinum blonde impersonators, cameraphones galore and pink carpets ushering in the hordes of tweens, tourists and tricked-out dudes in "BOYS HEART B.J." tanks.
The Thread caught Ms. Johnson for a few moments.
THREAD NY: Happy Birthday! How does it feel?
BETSEY JOHNSON: Very great and very sad…I’d rather 68 be 48!
TNY: You look great for 68, what's your secret?
BJ: My family, my grandkids, my plastic surgeon, my boyfriend, and my happy work life!
TNY: What's the most significant change to the fashion industry—specifically the New York industry—since you started?
TNY: What are you most excited about for fall?
TNY: Are you looking forward to fashion week?
TNY: What's next for New York fashion?
BJ: Who knows! That’s the fun of it!
BJ: 68 more years I hope!
Here's to many more cartwheels. Happy Birthday, Betsey!