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Thursday, August 24, 2006


one of my favorite things about visiting art museums is getting the chance to browse through their stores, especially when visiting museums dedicated to modern and contemporary art. i can remember the last time i visited moca in los angeles with my good friend ellie, who is a fellow design nerd like myself, freaking out over every little perfectly-designed item in their gift shop. the museum of modern art in new york city is no exception. their shop is jam-packed with a whole lot of good stuff.

betsey johnson.

i am someone who hates to admit that they are actually into fashion. i guess it's just that i am always trying to find balance between two completely different sides of my personality. there's one side that feels silly dressing up, that thinks a hoodie & jeans is always the way to go, that believes that no one should spend more than $10 on one article of clothing, and that wonders if "fashion people" are all shallow and therefore shouldn't be a part of that. then there's the other side that sits up all night looking at pretty clothing, can see the art of a beautiful dress, and waits all week for the next episode of project runway. i can remember spending my days off of high school watching fashion & model programs on e! i actually started college majoring in fashion design, only to go off and switch to women's studies. that just shows you the contrast of my personalities.

but yes, deep at heart, i do like it. a lot. and ever since i can remember getting into it, betsey johnson has been one of my favorite designers. sure, i think she goes a bit too far sometimes (i'm really not a big fan of neon pink mixed with animal prints), but i like that she is much more playful than a lot of other designers. i used to live right near the betsey johnson outlet, where i can remember purchasing a pair of extremely tight stretchy gold sequin pants. i wore them to high school and felt like such a rocker.

here are some of her designs that i like from fall 2005 to fall 2006: