Betsey Johnson Talks Grandkids and 'Stayin' Alive' at Her Birthday Bash

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Betsey Johnson recently designed an Eloise-themed suite at the Plaza in New York. Credit: Henry S. Dziekan III, Getty Images

As a woman who still does cartwheels down the catwalk, designer Betsey Johnson won't settle for a quiet birthday dinner.

So, to celebrate her 68th birthday, Johnson threw a lavish bash at her Soho Boutique in Manhattan, complete with cocktails, cupcakes and, of course, lots of dancing. But before Betsey boogied down, she took a moment to chat with ParentDish about her favorite things in her extraordinary life.

ParentDish: Happy birthday! What does turning 68 mean to you?
Betsey Johnson: It means O-L-D. Old but feeling happy and young!

PD: What do you feel has been your greatest accomplishment?
BJ: Stayin alive!

PD: Aside from your success in the business world, you are also a devoted mom. Why is this role so important to you?
BJ: It's the most important thing in the world. My daughter Lulu and my grandkids (Layla & Ella) are everything. Having my family are the best things in life.

PD: It makes you feel that special?
BJ: You don't really know till you're a mom and when you are. It's a trip, it's beyond a MasterCard moment! It was more important to me to have a kid than a career.

PD: How has living in the same apartment building as your daughter and grandchildren strengthened your relationship?
BJ: I love to have them there to have coffee in the morning. As for the grandkiddos, I love having them come up and sleep with me at night.

PD: What do you like to do with your grandchildren when you are not designing something fabulous?
BJ: We go the park and they love to walk Lucy, my Maltese dog.

PD: Would you ever consider creating a children's line?
BJ: I would love to! I did before (back in April 1975, the same time her daughter was born) and I want to do again.

Related: Betsey Johnson Unveils 'Eloise' Suite at the Plaza

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