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Betsey Johnson turns up the heat

NEW YORK (AP) — If the racy clothes at Betsey Johnson's runway show weren't enough to cause temperatures to rise, the designer added a surefire sizzle — two hunks (barely) dressed as firefighters.

The beefcake — complete with fake fire hoses — went with the theme of the "Hot" collection. For Johnson, being hot equates with mesh dresses paired only with bright underwear, mini-dresses, shirt dresses that barely covered one's assets, and lots and lots and lots of sequins.

Celebs such as Paris Hilton, Wendy Williams, and Zendaya Coleman were there to take it all in. "This is the best (expletive) I've ever designed. This is my favorite, favorite stuff," Johnson said in an interview before the show began.

The brightly colored clothes seemed inspired by the late '70s-early '80s disco era, from the thigh-high multicolored socks paired with tight miniskirts to the shaggy faux fur coats, jumpsuits and sexy boots. Most of the models paired the outfits with Johnson's equally colorful bags, and there were eye-catching patterns, including a yellow shirt adorned with images of handguns.

"We see lots of sequins, shiny stretched satins, I don't know — fluorescent colors, gold-foiled velvets and just everything a Rockette has ever worn," she added (though it would be hard to imagine the Rockettes wearing any of these outfits for their family friendly shows).

The designer said she actually had other leggy beauties in mind when she came up with her clothes — Beyonce, Katy Perry and Rihanna. "They really inspired me — I mean that's my kind of clothing," said Johnson. "It's devoted and dedicated to my rock 'n' roll girl."

The designer did her signature cartwheel at the end of the show, accompanied by two little granddaughters and her daughter.

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