Betsey Johnson celebrates brides, marriage freedom

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Fashion designer Betsey Johnson, center, appears with her granddaughters after showing her Fall 2014 collection during New York Fashion Week on Wednesday Feb. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Designer Betsey Johnson, second left, is joined by her granddaughters Ella, far left, and Layla Margulies, far right, dancer Tony Dovolani and her daughter Lulu Johnson in the finale of her Spring 2015 collection show during Fashion Week, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, in New York. Betsey Johnson and Dovolani will compete on the upcoming season of "Dancing with the Stars." (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Designer Betsey Johnson poses with dancer Tony Dovolani before her Spring 2015 collection show during Fashion Week, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, in New York. Johnson and Dovolani will compete on the upcoming season of "Dancing with the Stars." (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Designer Betsey Johnson dances down the runway with dancer Tony Dovolani in the finale of her Spring 2015 collection show during Fashion Week, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, in New York. Johnson and Dovolani will compete on the upcoming season of "Dancing with the Stars." (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Designer Betsey Johnson goes into a split after doing a cartwheel on the runway after the Betsey Johnson Spring 2013 collection show during Fashion Week, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Designer Betsey Johnson, left, does a split after cartwheeling with her granddaughter, Layla Margulies, 8, in the finale of her Spring 2015 collection show during Fashion Week, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Betsey Johnson is seen in Midtown on October 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Fashion designer Betsey Johnson Tony Dovolani, voted off 'Dancing With The Stars,' appear on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, 10/7/14, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 1903' - Eleven remaining couples competed during 'Movie Night,' as they danced to songs from their favorite movies, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, on the ABC Television Network. Kevin Hart, from 'Ride Along,' 'Think Like a Man' and the upcoming movie 'The Wedding Ringer,' guest judged alongside Carrie Ann Inaba, Julianne Hough and Bruno Tonioli. Monday's show kicked-off with a spectacular opening number featuring the entire cast. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) TOM BERGERON, BETSEY JOHNSON, TONY DOVOLANI
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 24: Betsey Johnson at The Meredith Vieira Show in New York City on February 24, 2015. Credit: RW/MediaPunch/IPX
The Betsey Johnson Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Kristen Taekman from "The Real Housewives of New York" models a dress from the Betsey Johnson Spring 2015 collection during Fashion Week, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, in New York. Camille Grammer, formerly of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," and Cynthia Bailey, from "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," also modeled fashion from the collection. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Model Kristen Taekman, a cast member from "The Real Housewives of New York", shows off her nails backstage before the Betsey Johnson Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Camille Grammer, formerly of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," models an outfit from the Betsey Johnson Spring 2015 collection during Fashion Week, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, in New York. Cynthia Bailey, from "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," and Kristen Taekman from "The Real Housewives of New York" also modeled fashion from the collection. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Model Valeriya Planidina, of Astrakhan, Russia, tries on her outfit backstage before the Betsey Johnson Spring 2015 collection show during Fashion Week, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Designer Betsey Johnson is carried off the runway by a model in the finale of her Spring 2015 collection show during Fashion Week, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
The Betsey Johnson Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
The Betsey Johnson Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
The Betsey Johnson Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: A model walks the runway at Betsey Johnson during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at The Salon at Lincoln Center on September 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Edward James/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: A model walks the runway at Betsey Johnson during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at The Salon at Lincoln Center on September 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Edward James/WireImage)
The Betsey Johnson Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
The Betsey Johnson Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Models wait backstage to rehearse before the Betsey Johnson Spring 2015 collection show during Fashion Week, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Cynthia Bailey, from "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," models a dress from the Betsey Johnson Spring 2015 collection during Fashion Week, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, in New York. Camille Grammer, formerly of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," and Kristen Taekman from "The Real Housewives of New York" also modeled fashion from the collection. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
The Betsey Johnson Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
The Betsey Johnson Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
The Betsey Johnson Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: A model walks the runway at Betsey Johnson during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at The Salon at Lincoln Center on September 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Edward James/WireImage)
The Betsey Johnson Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Sharon Needles and Betsey Johnson seen at MBFW Spring/Summer 2015 - Betsey Johnson at Lincoln Center on Wednesday, Sept 10, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP)
Designer Betsey Johnson, left, embraces her daughter Lulu Johnson in the finale of her Spring 2015 collection show during Fashion Week, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 7: Betsey Johnson on ABC's Good Morning America promoting the new season of Dancing With The Stars on October 7, 2014 in New York City. Credit: RW/MediaPunch/IPX
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By LEANNE ITALIE

NEW YORK (AP) -- Drag queens and a transgender bride romped down Betsey Johnson's runway Wednesday with same-sex couples, a few "Real Housewives" and the 72-year-old designer's TV dance partner in a fashion show that screamed JUST MARRIED!

And, of course, Johnson did her traditional cartwheel and splits at the end, this time with one of her two adorable granddaughters.

Johnson's New York Fashion Week shows are feel good from start to finish, always flirty and a bit raunchy.

This time, she sent one of her brides down the runway in a short, see-through plastic outfit that revealed all up top. Her final bride threw a bouquet into the audience with a flourish, also half-clothed at the chest, but he was a guy.

Tony Dovolani, Johnson's toothy "Dancing with the Stars" partner, rollicked with the designer and her family before she was carried off by one of her models.

Backstage, Johnson called the show a celebration of freedom in marriage. It's "trendy and transgendy," she bubbled. "Pre nup is a part of the whole world of straight brides, gay brides, transgender marriages, everybody getting married. Finally, freedom."

Some of her brides were rockers, starlets, harlots and hip-hop lovers in multicolored ruffles and foil-like tiers of silver and teal. A few, including Camille Grammer - a former "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" - had strategically placed puffballs, pink in her case.

Some stripped off layers of wispy seafoam skirts and the bridal looks for others had them ready for the honeymoon in nighties. She emblazoned tops in glittery "PRE NUP," a message carried into chunky necklaces as well.

"The clothes are my first shot at all kinds of brides," Johnson said. "It's been the most fun to work on this show. A lot of kind of new, more abstract ideas: see-through plastic dresses and dresses made out of scuba fabric and horse hair."

Age hasn't slowed down Johnson one bit. The new season of "Dancing with the Stars" begins Monday, Johnson and Dovolani included. She's nervous.

"He is unbelievably great," Johnson said. "Now I will really go in panic mode. I know the routine. I'm really good but I could forget in a second. Seventy-two-years-old. Grandma. It could just slip my mind, but I can't wait."

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