February 03, 2008 New York
The show, which opened with a great fringed leather jacket, featured viable mix-and-match pieces like a twill blazer, a suede wrap skirt, a zebra cardigan, Lurex leopard leggings, and a sexy stretch-denim catsuit that would be great for layering. "This collection is a real flip for me, in that I'm going very dark, beatnik, black, bold, slim-lined, and leotardic," the ever-bumptious designer said. "It's kick-ass with a harder hard edge, in a Joan Jett kind of way."
Johnson is celebrating 30 years in the business, and she closed the show with an anniversary march of archival pieces sourced from vintage dealers. The parallels between Fall and the looks in the retrospective were unexpectedly clear. "It's interesting," she said, sounding surprised herself. "You see there's a timelessness to this stuff."