Backstage at Betsey Johnson Spring 2012

WWD went behind the scenes at the spring show.

Backstage at Betsey Johnson RTW Spring 2012

For Betsey Johnson’s alluring spring 2012 collection — which celebrated the female form — lead hairstylist Peter Gray for Cutler/Redken created a glamorous side-swept do. “[Betsey and I] talked again and again about setting the hair,” he said. “It’s hair for sexy ladies. Very glamorous.” With the long blonde locks of Jerry Hall as inspiration, Gray first massaged hair with Redken Full Frame 07 Protective Volumizing Mousse for a foundation before setting hair in curlers. When dried, he then loosely combed out the curls, pulled hair to one side and tied it in a simple ponytail before finishing with Redken 12 Fashion Work Hairspray. “It’s a little bit broken, not too stiff,” Gray explained.


Sarah Lucero for Stila explained that when it came to makeup, the look was a glamorous face for real women. She used Stila’s Perfect & Correct Foundation under Stila Sheer Pressed Powder for smooth, flawless skin, and applied Stila Smudge Pot gel eyeliner in black for a dramatic cat eye. Metallic silver liner was added to the bottom lash line to complement accessories in the collection. The real focus of the look, however, was the bright pink lips. “It’s a major pop of color,” said Lucero. “It screams ‘gutsy.’” Stila Long Wear Liquid Lip in Petal was applied to lips, which were then finished off with Dazzling Sparkle Luxe Lipgloss for a wet feel.


Adding even more edge to the feminine beauty looks was the nail concept of Nonie Creme of Butter London. “I like to call it Jackson Pollock for nails,” she said. To begin, nails were painted black. Creme then applied false nails, which she pulled away from the bed to expose a half-moon of black. They were then painted in the bright metallic mix of Diamond Geezer, a shade currently in the line, and a holographic mix custom-made for Betsey.