As we all know, Betsey Johnson is one kooky lady and at age 69, she's got stories to tell. The Daily Front Row caught up with the designer in the Hamptons, the swank summer spot first introduced to her by Andy Warhol.
The designer reminisced about the olden days:
When did you first start coming out here?
The Sixties. I was going out with John Cale from the Velvet Underground, and I came out with Edie [Sedgwick] and Andy [Warhol] and the troops. Edie was my fit model at the time. I think the Velvets came out to play a gig in somebody's mansion. I wasn't a Factory Girl, but Edie and Andy liked my silver clothes and blah, blah, blah. I'm very unlike Keith Richards in the sense that I don't remember everything. Coming out to the Hamptons at that time was a very uncomfortable experience, like, "Look at the freaks!' Almost like segregation. It was the very rich, and very elitist. Andy, of course, was adored, respected and honored. He had made it, but for his kids, like us, it was a little rough. I bought this house about 10 years ago, and now, when I go through town and see a real hip-hop, rapper type with a mohawk or tattoos, it's like, 'Whoa! East Hampton?!'
What would Andy think of the Hamptons culture today?
He probably wouldn't have said much, as always--maybe something like, "Yup, that's the way it is!" I'm sure he would have done a piece with Botox and retinol.
Would Andy have gotten Botox?
Probably. He knew he was photographed a lot and liked to look as good as he could.
Unsurprising -- as Jezebel writes, "Warhol had, what, three nosejobs?" -- but still provides an amazing mental image. Betsey, herself, previously shared some surgery advice with The Cut: "Get a good doctor! For crying out loud, pay the money to have a good doctor!"
For the rest of the interview, head over to FashionWeekDaily.com.
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