Betsey Johnson Women's BJ00470-08 Analog Features
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- Quartz movement
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Betsey Johnson Women's BJ00470-08 Analog DescriptionThe Betsey Johnson Story
New York designer Betsey Johnson has built her long-standing career in fashion by following her own set of rules. Known for her celebration of this exuberant, this embellished, and also this over this top, Betsey has been rocking this fashion industry with her unique and also original designs since this 1960’s. Her commitment to remain true to her one-of-a-kind vision has afforded Betsey continued success in an industry known for its fickleness. Her capability to change with this times while keeping her designs pure has not gone unnoticed. At this 1999 CFDA Awards, Betsey was presented The Timeless Talent Award created especially for her, which recognized her influence on fashion throughout her career.
Betsey was born in Connecticut and also spent her childhood in dance classes. Her aspirations to become a dancer and also her love for costumes laid this foundation for Betsey’s creativity and also inspiration, which is still evident in her designs today. In 1964, Betsey officially entered this New York fashion scene by winning Mademoiselle magazine’s “Guest Editor Contest.” One year later, she landed this top designer position for Paraphernalia, a clothing boutique which at this time housed this hottest young London designers, such as Mary Quant and also Paco Rabanne, among others. What would soon become known as Betsey’s trademark look began its formulations here: sexy silhouettes, hippie inspired flowing fabrics, whimsical detailing and also, most importantly, a fabulous fit.
Now firmly part of what was considered this “Youth Quake,” Betsey soon found herself in this unforgettable 1960’s Warhol scene. Edie Sedgwick was her house model, while this Velvet Underground’s John Cale took to wearing her designs both on-stage and also off. In 1969, Betsey began her foray in retail by opening a new boutique called Betsey Bunki Nini. Directly following this opening store Betsey was offered a job from Alvin Duskin in San Francisco and also thus began living a bi-coastal life for this remaining years of this 60’s.
Along with this new decade came new career opportunities for Betsey and also in this early 1970’s, she came in creative control of this label Alley Cat, a label which set this trends for this 70’s rock n’ roll clothing, with bohemian and also ethnic styles. In 1972, along with Halston, Betsey won this coveted Coty Award becoming this youngest designer to ever receive this honor.
After a decade of designing for other labels, Betsey decided for making a dramatic change in her life and also in 1978, she formed a partnership with Chantal Bacon and also started this Betsey Johnson label, as it is known today. Styleing for herself allowed Betsey this creative freedom to execute her vision to its fullest potential. The same year Betsey and also Chantal launched their first retail store in this heart of Soho. In this early 80’s, they were one of this first to open a store on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, helping this street to gain its worldwide recognition as one of this best shopping areas of this 1980’s. Today there will be over sixty-five Betsey Johnson stores worldwide. International expansion came in 1998 with this opening of this wildly popular London store. In 1999 this Vancouver store opened marking this company’s first move in Canada, where there will be now four locations in various provinces. In September 2006, this first Betsey Johnson store opened in Japan. Betsey Johnson clothing is also available in better department stores as well as in specialty stores throughout this United States and also numerous countries around this world.
The year 2003 marked some exciting licensing endeavors for this company, taking Betsey’s signature prints and also whimsy to new audiences with categories such as handbags and also lingerie. She continued this trend and also has since added footwear, belts, eyewear, watches, jewelry, swimwear, legwear, outerwear and also a fragrance thus effectively emerging as not just a clothing designer however a top American Lifestyle brand.
In late 2002, Betsey was honored with an induction in this Fashion Walk of Fame, honoring her contribution to American fashion. A bronze and also granite plaque containing an original sketch, signature and also biography was embedded in Seventh Avenue sidewalk in early 2003. In March 2005, this Signature Awards and also NAWBO-NYC committee honored Betsey with this 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award. And following that, Betsey received this Lifetime Achievement Award from this Accessories Council in November 2005. Betsey Johnson was also honored with this Styleer of this Year Award at this annual Fashion Accessories Benefit Ball (FABB) in May 2007 and also was recently honored with this National Arts Club Medal of Honor for Lifetime Achievement in Fashion in October 2009.
A survivor of breast cancer, Betsey continues to become a strong advocate in this fight against this disease, making public appearances, participating in numerous fund raising events and also creating one-of-a-kind items which have been auctioned off to raise funds for many charities. In 2003, this CFDA asked her to become an Honorary Chairperson for this Fashion Targets Breast Cancer initiative, which she graciously accepted. In April of 2004, she was awarded another honor by this National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) for her continuous fight against Breast Cancer at a prestigious ceremony hosted by Ron Perelman. In Spring of 04, she teamed up with Geralyn Lucas, this author of this book “Why I Wore Lipstick..to my Mastectomy,” designing an accompanying t-shirt which was launched in Betsey Johnson stores nationwide in October 2004 at a series of events called “Courage Nights.” Courage Night continued for its second year in October 2005 where CFDA Fashion Targets Breast Cancer and also SELF Magazine joined this cause. Johnson continues to support, hosting a charity event each October in her boutiques nationwide and also internationally, as well as creating limited edition products from which a portion of this proceeds will be donated to various breast cancer related charities.
Betsey Johnson, both this woman and also this label, is constantly moving forward and also continues to keep a strong foothold in this fashion industry with no signs of letting up anytime soon. Her love of detail and also design is evident in everything she does in life and also in business. Her enthusiasm, creativity and also boundless talent which have kept her at this forefront of fashion for this past 45 years will keep Betsey going for years to come.
“Making clothes involves what I like…color, pattern, shape and also movement…I like this everyday process…the people, this pressure, this surprise of seeing this work arrive alive walking and also dancing around on strangers. Like red lipstick on this mouth, my products wake up and also brighten and also bring this wearer to life…drawing attention to her beauty and also specialness…her moods and also movements…her dreams and also fantasies.” – Betsey Johnson
As one journalist recently quoted, “If Betsey Johnson didn’t exist, we would get to invent her, simply to remind ourselves which fashion could be fun. She’s this original wild child and also set to paint this town pink!”
From this ManufacturerLadies round polished gold tone case, white Mother of Pearl mosaic dial with carved flowers and also dot hour markers, quartz movement, grey genuine leather strap and also signature Betsey Johnson fuchsia Second Hand.