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Betsey Johnson has no plans to retire

Betsey Johnson has no plans to retire

Betsey Johnson has no desire retire from the fashion business.

The designer opened her first boutique in 1969 and has gone on to build a reputation for her feminine and whimsical garments, as well as her penchant for doing cartwheels at her fashion shows.

Johnson has ticked off two major milestones this week, having received the Style Icon Award at the 2017 Accessories Council Excellence (ACE) Awards on Monday night (07Aug16) and turned 75 on Thursday (10Aug17), but she won't be slowing down anytime soon.

"No, no, I can't," she told W magazine, when asked whether she would retire. "What did Bette Davis say? 'I'll never retire as long as I have my make-up kit and my legs.' I just don't see the point."

From humble beginnings, Johnson's brand has now expanded to include apparel, shoes, jewellery, swimwear and childrenswear and is stocked in more than 2,000 specialty stores. While she admits that she has taken a step back from the everyday running of the business and is happy in her role as creative director, the fashion star hopes her longevity will inspire other women in the industry.

"I know that a lot of girls have gone into fashion because I did it, so they feel they can do it. I love that I've been that inspiration. Because it's attainable," the designer shared.

In recent years, the Connecticut-born star has also been inducted into the Fashion Walk of Fame in 2002 and honoured with the CFDA's Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.

But Johnson swears the ACE Style Icon Award is particularly significant, as she's always loved wearing vibrant accessories and fun garments such as tutus and leggings.

"It's a very funny, loved award because it's support for who I am and my work, and that was always the hardest thing to achieve," she added.

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