NEW YORK — Betsey Johnson is back.
Fresh from open-heart surgery, the Los Angeles-based fashion designer came to Manhattan to celebrate the launch of her new collaboration with Urban Outfitters.
Hundreds of fans and fashionistas showed up for Thursday night’s party, held at Urban Outfitters’ Herald Square store, to shop the collection, dance to tunes by DJ twin sisters Angel and Dren, drink festive cocktails with names like Betsey’s Bubbly Prosecco and the Prom Queen, and meet the designer herself.
“What inspires me, it’s not fight; it’s the drive to keep my name good,” Johnson told WWD. “Because when you sell and you license, [companies] can wreck you. They can ruin you.”
Betsey Johnson surrounded by fans during the Betsey Johnson-Urban Outfitters collaboration launch party in New York.
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But she said the collaboration with Urban Outfitters, a 10-piece, Nineties-inspired ready-to-wear collection that launched online and in select stores on May 13, was a natural fit.
“Beginning to end, [Urban Outfitters] loved me; they supported me,” Johnson said. “I trust them. I don’t know what’s trending. I don’t shop anymore. But Urban gets me.”
Images of the Betsey Johnson-Urban Outfitters collaboration hang on the walls of the New York City flagship, including