Bombshells Galore at Betsey Johnson - NYFW Spring 2012
Aside from the balloons, colorful signs, and mountains of candy backstage at Betsey Johnson, there was a whole lot of sexy, bombshell beauty with a touch of rock n' roll - basically everything you would expect from the bubbly designer. Think Brigitte Bardot, Cindy Crawford, Jerry Hall, Marilyn Monroe, Debbie Harry - to name a few. If you wanted Betsey herself to explain the look to you in just three words, she would answer: Tits and Ass, the overall theme of the show.
All Backstage Photos: Mat Szwajkos for Beauty Blitz
Peter Gray from Cutler created the super-sexy, Jessica Rabbit hair. He did a low diagonal side part and set half of the head in a traditional roller set while sweeping the rest of the hair around the back and tying it in a (hidden) ponytail. "It's glamour from the 70s and 80s," he said.
The bombshell look continued over in makeup where Sarah Lucero for Stila opted for a cat eye and a glossy pink lip. "The lips are the statement piece," said Sarah. "It's sexy, yummy makeup." Sarah used Stila Longwear Liquid Lip in Petal and topped it off with gloss. She lined the eye with a Stila Smudge Pot and left a clean lid. Her tip for the perfect cat-eye: "Apply mascara first and then go for it," she said. "You will be able to determine the perfect shape and get a perfectly lifted eye."
Nonie Creme for Butter London added a bit of rock and roll to nails to complete the look. She created a reverse half moon manicure (a convex shape instead of a rainbow) with a tear drop shaped false nail perched on the end of the finger tip. The staircase effect looked super-cool on the catwalk. The pointy nail was painted jet black with the false nail a metallic silver. "And because it's Betsey," said Nonie. "We added a diamond and a jet black, baby safety pin nail piercing on the pinky."
In addition to the hair, makeup and nails, Betsey hand drew a stocking seam down the back of all the models’ legs. Each one was customized with their names in the signature Betsey cursive.