Designer Dish. Betsey Johnson Plans to Retire Following September Shows

July 1, 2009 • Fashion

Betsey Johnson

The kooky stylings of punkglam designer Betsey Johnson may be coming to an end before we're ready to let her go. In a recent vent to New York Magazine, the 60s something designer lamented on how her time spent working at her namesake label was all of a sudden cutting into other things she wanted to do. “I should be retired. I’m basically screwing up because I’m not
retired. I’d like to go in four days a month, something like that,” Johnson said, explaining she yearns to travel and to wake up some days without an agenda.

The designer admitted, however, that she and her partner Chantal Bacon have been working on a succession plan for over a year, though its been extremely difficult for her to get used to the idea of giving up the reigns. “It is very, very hard to find your clone," she noted. "It makes you figure out
what you are and why, and is that working, and is that what you stand
for, and is that what the business goes forward with? It’s really
difficult, and I highly suggest thinking about it in your forties
instead of your sixties.”



Some looks from Betsey Johnson's Spring 2009 runway shows

But despite her reservations, Johnson seems to have found an appropriate head to take over her line brimming with pink bows, candy colored tulle, and all the other elements that create her signature style of edgy, feminine chic. Eric Sartori, who previously designed for Vera Wang, Herve Leger
and Azzedine
Alaïa, is set to step up following Johnson's September shows, her last as chief designer. “He is the
one,” she confirmed. “He’s much better than I am. He just has to Betsey-fy

And though Johnson has decided to pass down her label, she intends to stay on as a consultant and likens her ideal situation to one of her fellow designers. I want to be like Ralph [Lauren]. Like, I always imagined the perfect
life is like Ralph, where he goes in, and his wonderful expert crews
show him work, and he goes, 'Love it, love it, love it, um, we’ll just
put that aside for the moment, love it, love it, hmmm.' You know what I
mean?" she said. "And be that — be the inspiration, the light at the
end of the tunnel, the fairy godmother that comes down." We sure wouldn't want it any other way.

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