Catch me talking about my “homegrown vintage” Betsey Johnson leopard jacket in my new YouTube video! This video builds on last week’s, which referenced style icon Edie Sedgwick, because Edie was Betsey’s fit model in the 1960s.
This jacket is especially dear to me because the late New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham photographed me dancing in it in 1994.
While I still wear the jacket, these days I don’t wear the minuscule, suede Jill Stuart skirt that you can see in Bill’s photo. That ship has sailed. But I was so fond of that skirt and a patent leather Jill Stuart mini that I’ve kept them both, and they’re in the video, along with a Betsey Johnson halter top that made me feel sex-ay back in the day. You’ll have to forgive me for describing a pair of gold-toned 1989 earrings as “Art Nouveau.” I don’t know how that flew out of my mouth. I believe the ladies in them are much more Art Deco in style. Technically, of course, the earrings are neither Nouveau or Deco, because they’re just a 1980s interpretation of a previous era.
My right-hand woman Eryn wanted to take a few fresh photos of the jacket for you to go along with the video. At least, that’s what she said. In reality, she’s obviously trying to kill me, because look at how she makes me stand in traffic. (Click the photo to enlarge.)
What Wendy Wore
Jacket: Betsey Johnson from 1993/4 (seen here in 2011)
Jeggings: J. Brand (2010-ish? seen in last week’s post)
Belt: Purchased from Bluefly (2016)
Boots: Celine (pre-2007)
Earrings: Originals from the 1980s
Here’s one more full-length photo that shows my 10-year-old (or older!) boots more clearly.
Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you don’t miss my new videos! I’m going to keep talking about “slow fashion,” meaning clothes I’ve kept for decades, nearly all of which I still wear. Just because something isn’t “this season” doesn’t mean it’s not fabulous!