September 09, 2001 New York
Here is Johnson’s vision for Spring, from the bottom up. Start with cork-spike heels of vertigo-inducing heights, complete with iridescent straps; set them off with ankle-length fishnets and an ankle bracelet with a dangling cross. If you must insist on underwear, go for a demi-bra bikini set in neon colors and make sure it peeks out at all times. Next, throw on a multitiered fiesta minidress, a metallic lace-and-ribbon teddy or a cha-cha top with turquoise hot pants. Now top it all off with a jangle of gold bangles; enormous hoop earrings; an oversize "BJ" ring (that stands for Betsey Johnson, lest there be any confusion); shimmering makeup; hot-pink mesh gloves with the tips cut off; a tattoo or three; and a net bandanna worn over a floppy Panama hat.
Not quite enough for you? Then you might as well throw in a traditional mantilla, tooafter receiving the Johnson treatment, they manage to look positively decadent.