A fashion show runway, not the first place that comes to mind when you think of yoga. Or even yoga fashion. But leave it to the creative and technicolored mind of veteran designer Betsey Johnson to bring a wild and wacky yoga spectacle to New York Fashion Week.
Debuting her new “active wear” fall line entitled “BJ Kicks A” Monday evening at Lincoln Center, Johnson took a slight departure from her usual living-in-a-teenage-daydream of prom dresses bursting with bright colors, sassy animal prints and plaids to living-in-a-teenage-daydream of yoga pants popping with bright colors, sassy animal prints and plaids.
Betsey Johnson, a 70-year-old breast cancer survivor and bundle of spunkiness personified, preceded her signature show-closing cartwheel with a full on aerobic performance featuring models on hot pink yoga mats using BJ-branded champagne for dumbbells and neon sneakers as, well, hand mitts? The hyperactive yoga/workout theatrics complete with push-ups, lifting “weights” and yoga poses continued for 15 minutes while showgoers looked on, likely in equal parts disbelief and delight, before Betsey Johnson’s surprise handstand followed by the cartwheel and split finale. (It’s like we always say, it ain’t over til the cartwheel splits.)
As for this collection, the Betsey Johnson fashion models always look kind of like if a troll doll and Rainbow Bright had a baby on the runway, but separately we could totally see the pieces giving Donna Karan and her demure black a run for her money. We’ve been getting used to this yogatime to daytime to nighttime thing for while now (please, we live in yoga pants) but to see it on the runway is still kind of a shocker. What do you think?