Fashion designer Betsey Johnson, who 'doesn't watch reality TV', to star in her own fly-on-the-wall series
19:03 GMT, 14 September 2012
Fashion designer Betsey Johnson, who claims she's not a fan of reality TV, is set to star in her own fly-on-the-wall series.
The zany 70-year-old confirmed that she will hit the small screen next spring along with her daughter Lulu.
Filming for the Betsey and Lulu show is already underway, and the first episode was captured on Tuesday night as the creative unveiled her bold spring / summer 2013 collection at New York Fashion Week.
Wacky lady! Ms Johnson performed her signature cartwheel and splits
It is said that the series, due to air on The Style Network, will focus on the mother and daughter relationship, and how single mother Lulu wants to launch her own clothing line.
The news follows a challenging few months for Connecticut-born Ms Johnson, after her fashion brand filed for bankruptcy due to cash flow problems.
More than 300 employees were laid off and 63 of her stores across the U.S. and UK were closed.
While she has decided to venture into the world of reality television, Ms Johnson says that she isn't a fan of the genre.
Set for the small screen: Betsey Johnson with daughter Lulu on Tuesday evening at New York Fashion Week
Eclectic style: Models showcase a range of Betsey Johnson's spring / summer 2013 designs
'I don't watch them, reality shows I
mean, but I appreciate them.
'And it's great to have
the documentation of what's going on for me so that other people can
share it,' Johnson told WWD.
The designer rose to fame through partying with Twiggy and Lou Reed in Andy Warhol's underground scene during the Sixties.
She originally worked as an intern for Mademoiselle magazine before opening Betsey Bunky Nini, her first boutique on New York's Upper East Side, in 1969.
Edie Sedgwick was her house model. She took over the creative reigns of the Seventies rock-'n'-roll label Alley Cat soon after, which proved a perfect fit. Her debut collection made the company $5million.
Spring in her step: The 70-year-old creative says that she is 'very happy right now'
She started her own fashion line in 1978 but it performed poorly, so much so that she was not able to stage a fashion show during her first year.
Now in a bid to win back customers Ms Johnson also confirmed the launch of an affordable dress collection to coincide with the start of her TV show.
The divorced mother of one seemed full of life as she presented her latest designs this week.
Doing signature cartwheels and splits down the catwalk she recruited Cyndi Lauper for a live performance, while her daughter Lulu jumped out of a giant cake at the end of the show.
Talking about her new business enterprises Ms Johnson added: 'I’m very happy right now. This new situation is the icing on the cake for me.'