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In an effort to make reading Racked as much like being in the tents as humanly possible, we'll be liveblogging the shows all week, from the suspense of waiting in line (will the seats be any good?) to the drama of the runway (will anyone stumble?) to the post-show euphoria. This time around: the freewheeling, always over-the-top Betsey Johnson.
1:58pm: This is so intense. No one is here yet except the photographers. They just asked us to clear the runway so they could do a rehearsal.
2:03pm: The stage is great. That glowing pink thing is Betsey's logo. They're playing some kind of wacky music from a musical.
2:04pm: Okay, they're rehearsing. Models in pink, blue and lavender wings. Lots of blunt-cut bangs. They just played thunder music and are flashing the lights like lightening. Clothes surprisingly subdued for Betsey.
2:07pm: Oh, duh: the wacky music is from The Muppets.
2:16pm: It's slowly filling up. The front row gets little cabaret tables with blue star-print tablecloths and red folding chairs. The runway is also blue with stars. Lynn Yaeger from the Village Voice is at a front row table.
2:19pm: See Street Scenes subject Patrick McDonald. Correction on the music: It's not Muppets exactly—think it's from Sesame Street.
2:22pm: Girl next to me on attendee Kelly Osbourne: "I almost wore that dress!"
2:27pm: More boldfacers: Daughters of Rev. Run (as in DMC) and model Irina Lazareanu.
2:29pm: Julia Allison has a cupcake. Guess they're on the front tables. Want one.
2:31pm: Miss Jay from America's Next Top Model is here. That man is everywhere this week.
2:39pm: It's really packed and they just unrolled the plastic from the runway. Any minute now...
2:43pm: Betsey just came out. I woo'd. This is turning me into a thirteen-year-old fangirl. She had her daughters with her!
2:44pm: Starting! Models wearing bright pink lipstick and blush, black hats. Some sucking on lollipops.
2:46: Now some all-white looks. Models all have wigs on: white, blue purple, pink, black. Lots of ruffles and hoop skirts.
2:47pm: Thunder, lightening! Random: Boy decked out as a pirate (eye-patch and all) just worked the runway. Pulled out a plastic sword.
2:50pm: Out comes a cream sweaterdress with a red lobster on the front, paired with a black jacket. Now, a bodysuit with a skull and crossbones. All over the place!
2:51pm: Short dress with polka dots and big puffy sleeves. Another one in red. And a ton of longer, bright floral print dresses.
2:54pm: Model just took off her shoes.
2:55pm: Another pirate escorts a model down the runway.
2:56pm: Seeing a lot of wedding dresses. Love that even when it's bridal, with Betsey it looks like the prom.
2:57pm: And, she's over. Betsey comes out and does a cartwheel in a glittery, poofy bright green dress.
3:01pm: Getting out of here is going to take FOREVER.