Redken hairstylist Peter Gray did what he called “a classic old-school wig wrap” for Betsey Johnson Monday evening — a bob with blunt ends and bangs. But it was anything but tame.
Twenty or so of the 70 models wore black wigs — spray painted with a gold Krylon shade over a lace “graffiti” stencil for an almost Victorian effect, a “halo” he called it. The other 50 girls got blonde wigs with clear elastic ties à la Betsey herself — and ended up dancing down the catwalk prior to the designer’s signature cartwheel.
Gray began by taking girls’ natural hair, spraying and brushing it into pieces, then braiding it up into twists. Hairnets, wigs and the spray paint came next. He used two Redken products in the process, called Shine Flash 02 and Blown Away 09.
Makeup made a splash at the show with lustrous, perfect, deep-red pouts and masklike eyes covered in blue eye shadow and black eyeliner tapered out to the temples. The cheeks were kept pale. The eye and lip colors were two Maybelline shades that are due out in the fall. Maybelline New York’s global makeup artist Charlotte Willer pulled off the look.