When New York designers flex their imaginations, it’s something to see. And, from Betsey Johnson’s Mexican Betseyville and Charles Nolan’s swinging Sixties at Anne Klein to Catherine Malandrino’s thrift-store warriors and BCBG’s take on 20th-century laborers, there was plenty on view.

Betsey Johnson: Hip, hip hooray for Betsey! After 40 years in the business, she’s the industry’s Energizer Bunny, still loving the whole spectacle of it all. This season, along with looks from her signature collection, Johnson liberally mixed in "Betseyville," a new line that concentrates more on jeans and T-shirts and less on tutus. The two collections will be marketed side by side, differing only in focus, not in price. Overall, the designer was Inspired by her new house in Zihuatanejo, on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, and she worked a newfound love of Mexican kitsch and her signature kicky style into the more casual collection, while attempting to include every one of Crayola’s 64 colors.

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