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Fashion Week: Betsey Johnson Fall 2010

A robber wielding a black pistol. A gambler wearing bandanas and a gun holster. A saloon girl showing her backside to a crowd full of onlookers. Did I mention I’m talking about a fashion show?

Betsey Johnson turned Fashion Week into a tale of the Wild, Wild West, complete with love, sex, romance and guns. Walking in stilettos atop a hay-filled runway, models, including the newly-thin Kelly Osbourne (please hit me up with diet secrets!), were transformed into a gang of robbers, gamblers, bandits and saloon girls. Though the fashions were fitting of a Western battle, the looks were still brilliantly trendy and wearable.

The Western bad boys embraced the menswear trend with top hats, suspenders, tuxedo shirts, camouflage-colored dresses (with gun prints!) and striped looks. The fair ladies wore fur-lined frocks, corseted silhouettes, ruffled dresses, hot pink jumpsuits (so sexy and flirty! I need one in my closet) and prairie skirts. 

The makeup was just as adventurous and effortlessly sexy. Backstage, the head makeup artist, Sarah Lucero for Stila, chatted with me about the inspiration behind the look. “The inspiration is Brigitte Bardot in a French Western film [Las Petroleras] that Betsey was inspired by,” said Lucero. “It’s all about that smoky, blacked out eye. Lashes are very straight and exaggerated. It’s like a doll eye.”

To create the sexy 60’s look, “the skin was kept bare with a matte foundation using Stila one step makeup and a peachy pale lip.” To get those sexy, smoky eyes, “apply eye shadow in Chinois all over your lids as a base. Use Espresso on your lids and crease and Ebony to line your upper and lower lash lines.”  Finish the look with “black cream liquid liner and loads of mascara.”
I thought this sign was soo cool and had to snap a picture! Betsey rocks my world.
No Brigitte Bardot look is complete without sexy, voluminous hair. Sebastian Professional lead stylist, Thomas Dunkin, described the look as “60’s cowgirl with pigtails and lots of volume.” To recreate it, “spray Sebastian Professional Volupt Spray” for volume and texture. Blow dry hair and “set it with rollers,” for height and body. Channel your inner cowgirl by separating hair into “loose, messy pigtails.” The pigtails should be “sloppy and asymmetric. Nothing too perfect,” Dunkin added.
Models hanging out backstage.

The finished look.
While messy pigtails are the perfect hairstyle for the saloon girls, the models dressed as “bad boys” chose mustaches for their hair look. The gangleader was a sexy Kelly Osbourne, who walked with puppy in hand wearing a menswear-inspired look, a bandana and a pistol. The theatrics didn’t end there. 

In a special tribute to Alexander McQueen, a model walked the runway holding a “Long Live McQueen” sign. So beautiful and touching! 
And to celebrate Valentine’s Day, the models spelled out “LOVE” in sequins on their backsides.

Betsey Johnson, however, stole the show with her signature cartwheel at the finale. The icon wore a striped black and white suit (with a sequined heart on her butt) and a mustache. She was trailed by a parade of models carrying giant hearts.

It was clear the audience, which included my personal style star, Fefe Dobson, and Melissa Joan Hart, was thoroughly entertained by Betsey’s free spirit. And boy, did we need it. Dealing with Alexander McQueen’s death and the weight of the recession, the fashion industry can definitely use Betsey’s fun-loving energy, now more than ever. Nothing like guns, garters and cowgirls to lift the spirit! Check out pics of the collection below. 

Backstage Beauty: Rebecca Minkoff Fall 2010

Hey Glamazons! Clearly the fashion gods are NOT smiling upon us here in New York because there’s a freakin’ blizzard going on outside, inches of snow and/or dirty, slushy pools of ice water (depending on where you are in the city) making it NOT fun to get around. I left my apartment today feeling the queen of frump (instead of the queen of fabulous, like I usually do every season). Layers of thermals, non-matching sweaters, a knit hat, hoodie and my polka dotted galoshes do not a cute fashionista make. Sigh. As much as I meant to make it out to more shows today, my feet were just too frozen to walk anymore. (It took me almost an hour to thaw them out when I got home.) But, I did make it backstage to the Rebecca Minkoff show!
The look?: Parisian French.
Stila makeup artist Sarah Lucero said that she used images of Bridgette Bardot as inspiration when creating the makeup look.
“It’s a very strong cat eye and I used a brown eyeliner instead of black for a softer look,” she said. “We didn’t use a lot of powder, but the face also isn’t shiny. The look is super hip; as if she just came in from the cold.” (Which probably wasn’t too far from the truth considering the freezing temps outside haha)
Pete Lennon, key hairstylist from Prive, described the look as being “the girl you love to hate.”
“[The look] was inspired by a really sexy French woman,” he said. “She’s got effortless beauty.”
He created two looks: a “top bun” and loose, tousled waves that he described as “bed head.”
“The bun literally took us five minutes to create,” he said. “It’s very loose and unstructured but still gives off that put together feel.”
The “bed head” look he described as what the hair would look like if she takes down the bun. In order to achieve an unforced look, lots of Prive Finishing Texture Spray was used so as not to weigh down the hair but add a workable texture.
What do you think of the look? I just love the French cat eye and stained lips!