4 posts tagged "Betsey Johnson"
I very clearly remember my first Betsey Johnson. I was in eighth grade. And it was an Empire-waist, pinafore-style minidress in a whimsical black print (colorful schoolbooks) with a starched white Peter Pan collar. I had uncovered it in the bargain basket in the back of her shoebox-size Newbury Street boutique in Boston, which I used to haunt on every trip into the city; the hot pink walls, the blaring punk music, and the racks of leopard print cardigans and tutus in ever shade of the rainbow were a tween-age dream. Many more Betsey encounters followed; no one is more adept at translating designs that seem literally sprung from your adolescent imagination into adult form than Johnson—a talent that was on display when she presented her Spring collection few hours ago. The cartwheeling ray of sunshine with a Raggedy Ann crop and a coterie of outrageous ensembles is young beyond her 60-plus years, and her latest foray into fragrance, Too Too, is a precise reflection of that free-spirited aesthetic. The scent itself is a charming, sparky blend of passion fruit, strawberry leaves, ginger, jasmine, patchouli, and Bulgarian rose that, much like many of her party dresses, seems to instantly lift your spirits when you spritz it on. But it is the bottle that is pure Betsey: a female silhouette wearing a frothy Schiaparelli-pink tulle and sequined tutu that was inspired in part by the designer’s own dancer beginnings. I want the fragrance, but boy do I also want that dress.
$82, Available at Sephora in October.
If you’ve been outbid on early-nineties Betsey Johnson dresses recently on eBay, bid snipe isn’t the culprit. “I’ve been buying so much of my own vintage on eBay lately—I never saved anything,” the designer told us last night at her Soho store. Johnson was fêting the latest addition to the Betsey branding machine, a limited-edition collection of slanted tweezers for Tweezerman. “Her prints work well on small surfaces,” Tweezerman president and CEO Conny Wittke said of Johnson’s three designs for the beauty brand, which launch exclusively at Sephora next week and follow a previous collaboration with Agatha Ruiz de la Prada. As for the prints in question, they’re best explained by
the designer herself: “You gotta have the skull, you gotta have the flower, and you gotta have the sexpot,” she said. Johnson, a self-proclaimed tweezer girl (“I’m not a waxer,” she confessed while wearing a pair of the brow-grooming tools around her necklace as a charm), also gave us a small preview of what we can expect from her runway show for Spring. “Fun, cool, sexy, pretty, funky, things—more me than ever!” Get excited.
The clock is winding down to the official start of the Fashion’s Night Out festivities, so we thought we’d give you a few more reasons to go out and get gorgeous tomorrow night. Below, find our updated list of steals, deals, and general good times to be had all over the city. For the record, free flower bouquets, star-studded karaoke, and totally gratis styling sessions spell banner evening to us.
To celebrate its commitment to the art of fragrance combining, Jo Malone will be offering custom floral arrangements by a stylist from British floral shop Jane Packer, inspired by your perfume purchases. Pick up a bottle of Red Roses for yourself and leave with a dozen long stems for your living room.
Stop By: 946 Madison Ave. at 75th St.
Kiehl’s Since 1851
Kiehl’s Since 1851 will be setting up a Karaoke Karnival hosted by Entourage‘s Emmanuelle Chriqui from 7 to 11 p.m. at its East Village flagship. Everyone who sings will get a complimentary tube of the brand’s Lip Balm #1 and spectators will be treated to more than a few undisclosed celebrity performances. (Spoiler alert: American Idol finalist Constantine Maroulis will kick things off promptly at 7).
Stop By: 109 Third Ave. at 13th St.
Have you ever just wanted a straight, informed answer to that burning question, is Creme de La Mer really worth the price? Well, tomorrow night might be your chance to get it when Robin Shandler, executive director of global product development at the Max Huber Research Labs, will be on hand at Saks from 7 to 10 p.m. to personally answer questions while guests enjoy signature La Mer skincare and color treatments.
Stop By: 611 Fifth Ave. at 50th St.
Here’s one for the guys. To properly launch its new men’s range stateside, all Molton Brown outlets in the city will be transformed into British pubs serving pints of British ales with traditional salted snacks.
Stop By: Click here for a list of locations.
To further promote its sponsorship of Betsey Johnson’s runway show this season, Stila will be offering complimentary makeovers at Johnson’s Soho boutique. It’s the perfect combination of Lip Glaze and frilly frocks.
Stop By: 138 Wooster St. at Houston St.
Bumble and Bumble
It’s all about updos, uptown, and being up late. Get a free styling session at the Bumble and Bumble Salon in Midtown and learn backstage secrets from the Bb editorial team. You can even choose a style straight from the Fall runways and your stylist will re-create the look for you on the spot. We recommend trying out one of the eighties bouffants from the Marc Jacobs show.
Stop By:146 E 56th St. between Third Ave. and Lexington Ave.
For people who thrive on consistency, Betsey Johnson must be something of a personal hero—you can always count on her to dole out the crazy twice a year when fashion week comes around. A master of showmanship, her backstage antics rival that of a big-top circus, with cartoon drawings and inspirational messages hanging from the walls and an explosion of confetti, candy, and color—everywhere. With “Tinker Bell gone punk” for Spring inspiration, Betsey’s hair and makeup team were given license to “go a little crazier than usual,” said Redken stylist Italo Gregorio. For him, that meant wigs—bright bobs with bangs, to be exact, in varying shades of insane, including hot pink, electric blue, and purple. A tricky business in and of itself, we asked Gregorio if he had any tips for proper wig wearing, in the off chance that perhaps we too wanted to play punk Tinker Bell, just for a second. Here are his tips:
—Apply a leave-in conditioner from roots to tips, so that while hair is under the wig, absorbing heat, you can create the effect of a moisture mask, for silky hair later.
—While some people prefer a bun or ponytail, Gregorio relies on the French braid as his style of choice for underneath wigs—two braids actually, one from each side—to distribute the hair accordingly.
—Spray your wig with a bit of Redken Spray Starch before flat-ironing for a smoothed-out effect.
—Steer clear of raging open fires (punk Tinker Bell’s synthetic hair is most likely quite flammable).
Photo: Marcio Madeira