Feb. 12 - Fashion designer Betsey Johnson shakes things up at New York Mercedes Benz Fashion Week with a new line of workout clothes. Conway G. Gittens reports.
The Power Player today is fashion designer Betsey Johnson. She kicked it up a notch with sexy workout clothes under the brand "BJ kicks a" for Fall 2013. To put her collection to the test, she led her models in a wild workout session at her runway show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. The 70-year-old studied dance as a child and now practices yoga. Her clothes and accessories are not only fun, but she says they also very practical. (SOUNDBITE) BETSEY JOHNSON, DESIGNER, (English) SAYING: "It's a wrist bag. And when you see that frightening person around the corner, you just take your bag out and put your glove on. Get 'em up. Get 'em up." Known for her witty touches, Johnson sprinkled some elements of whimsy through her new workout brand. She gave a turquoise jacket a fun "back story" with a decal of blue corset strings. (SOUNDBITE) BETSEY JOHNSON, DESIGNER, (English) SAYING: "It's my lace-up corset kind of concept for, I love aerobics. I don't know. I've just, I've done so much stretch stuff over all the years that this seems really right." For the runway workout, Betsey Johnson blew a whistle to signal it was time to start. She called out the moves to her models as she did the workout - cardio, aerobics, push-ups and crunches - with them. (SOUNDBITE) BETSEY JOHNSON, DESIGNER, (English) SAYING: "It's fun to do. Just when you think, 'Enough of the exercises,' it's over, so you can actually do it because it's under five minutes." Johnson plans to release a workout video at a later date.