Words/Images Judith Ecochard
Betsey Johnson's Spring 2013 Collection was a filled to the rafters celebration---a milestone Happy Birthday (70th) for the designer in a fun filled runway show....that had it all...including a blonde tressed daughter popping out of a cake, great tunes motivating attendees to bop right along...a cute little pig (?) that probably had stage fright...and terrific ensembles that are the hallmark of Betsey's world... including vintage (very collectable) clothes that are still oh yes au courant...and the new affordable apparel too---!
The buzzy setting, adorned with hand-drawn inspirational posters xoxo-ed by the designer...reminded us of the old school pep rallies in the gym of the high school we never went to but have seen in the movies.
And Betsey Johnson...is always the cheerleader ... her famous cartwheel/split that ends her shows...takes talent and flexibility.
Our first chit chat was with Gina Edwards, lead manicurist ....
|Gina Edwards-lead manicurist for imPRESS Press On Manicures by Broadway Nails|
Ms. Edwards was all smiles backstage-and why not, the nails looked fab, kinda a retro look- that reminded us of Dorothy's red ruby slippers in the classic Wizard of Oz (and matched the lipstick)...and the tone really popped on all skin colors.
BUT we know how sleep deprived she---and her assistant-both were..."I did 300 of these nails (filing them)-getting them consistent...matching up...till 3am."
Meaning= shaping the medium length imPRESS nails to a VERY flattering oval shape...before painting the nails-when they were on the models...with the glittery Ruby Kiss nail polish.
|Ruby Kiss -very limited distribution|
|medium length nails-can be shaped oval after application...easier, imo|
|the imPRESS team|
|model's dinner -à la Betsey...candy|
|Nails were painted with a high shine-via Ruby Kiss|
|the size has to be perfect....|
|toe nails got Ruby Kiss painted on also|
|Control Force hairspray-medium hold|
|Jon Reyman-Artistic Director for AVEDA|
|Crimped and sprayed|
|adorable-great hair before...|
|can really see the shape of nails...|
|this model looks bemused...|
Makeup-GATO for MAYBELLINE
|Gato carefully applies #635 Very Cherry Lipstick|
|(tip sheet via our inbox)|
|typical makeup tool box|
|cat's eye first dabbed on...then filled in with eyeliner for DRAMA|
Al the looks -including accessories-carefully photographed on the respective model....
|even these pics sport a lot of 'rude....|
|a baby mr potato head accessory|
|tulle, tulle tulle---and lace|
|every look had a moniker...|
|guests served pink mini-cupcakes Baked By Melissa...|
|in Betsey Johnson|
|sugar and sparkling wine from Martini& Rossi|
Cyndi Lauper...sang her hits...including of course, "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"...here she is -rehearsing with her band...and BTW we love her ALSO because she is a major NY Rangers' fan and we've seen her at a bunch of games...last season.
|Asia Argento-all in Betsy Johnson|
|videos of Betsey Johnson's previous shows were streamed ...|
|pre -show---a gaggle of reporters and photographers surrounded this fashion icon, always.|