RUMOR PATROL: Betsey Johnson "Will Never Retire"

07/01/2009 at 05:37 PM ET

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Despite reports stemming from a interview where Betsey Johnson claims to be retiring after her September show, the designer tells PEOPLE through her rep that “I will never retire while I’ve still got my legs and my make-up box.” An official comment from the brand states, “With rich history and significant opportunities for future growth, Betsey Johnson wants her brand to live on forever. It is only wise that key management and talent is put in place to secure the continued health of the company for the future. Betsey Johnson will continue to provide creative inspiration and leadership as long as she is with us.” And while pointed to the company’s creative director Eric Santori, who has previously designed for Vera Wang, Herve Leger and Azzedine Alaia, as Betsey’s replacement, we can’t imagine the house without her. From her cartwheels on the runway to her whimsical printed party dresses, where would New York Fashion be without Betsey? We’re glad to hear she’s staying at the party a little bit longer!

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Tara on

You go girl , do what you enjoy in this life..

TheShoeGirl on

Betsey is VERY involved in the design process and loves to be! The brand is and always will be about BETSEY!

Leanna on

Betsey is AMAZING!! Anyone who thinks they are going to fill her shoes when she decides to step down has a MAJOR job ahead of them…and hopefully they can cartwheel, too! :) Woohoo!! Betsey rocks!!!! :) :) :) :) :)

just cuz on

I’ve always loved her crazy and unique style. I like the fact that she really represents her clothes and her look, and she can pull off anything really. What a great inspiration!

Word on the Street: Is Betsey Johnson Retiring?? | M.I.S.S. on

[…] working overtime on this one – People magazine checked in with the designer herself and she said, “I will never retire while I’ve still got my legs and my make-up box.” Haha, very Betsey. Her company had a more official statement: With rich history and significant […]

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I hope she retires soon.

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moedbet on

Credit you – this is sheerest pragmatic !

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