Beauty backstage at Betsey Johnson was eccentric and varied, to say the least. This season’s retrospective show marked Johnson’s 50th year working as a fashion designer, and three separate beauty looks were inspired Johnson's evolving personal style through the years. Despite the decades, “she’s stayed true to herself," said lead makeup artist Kelly Thompson for Kryolan. “She’s the real deal.” The first look was retro-inspired glam and hinted at Johnson’s current style. Thompson used Kryolan Eye Shadow Variety Palette in V3, a range of neutrals, to create an allover black eyelid. She finished it off with Multi Gel Glitter in Gold for shine and sparkle, and two layers of Stargirl S1 faux eyelashes for a dense, dramatic emphasis. Bright-red lips were painted with Lipstick Matt in Eos and finished with Multi Gel Glitter in Red for more sparkle. Hair, imagined by Rafe Hardy for Sexy Hair, was inspired by vintage, 1940s movie star waves — a “modern take on a classic look.” Sexy Hair Smooth & Seal Aerated Anti-Frizz Spray was used before hair was curled with both 1-inch and 1.25-inch curling irons, then set with Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Touchable Hairspray. Danielle Candido for Morgan Taylor Lacquer created a high-sparkle red nail using one coat of Pretty Woman, a vibrant pink, followed by two layers of New York State of Mind, a dark glitter. For the second look, inspired by Johnson’s style in the Eighties, Thompson used Kryolan Coloring Vision Palette in Vivid to create the a rainbow of color — literally — on and around the eyelids. Lips were “straight color”, filled in with Lipstick Matt in Nike, a vivid hot pink. Skin was kept completely matte but eyes were given some shimmer thanks to a highlighter — a nod to “textures of the time.” For hair, Hardy created straight roots and crimps all the way down, using two different micro crimpers for a zigzag effect. Big Sexy Hair Push Up Thickening Finishing Spray was used on ends for volume and width. “I went to beauty school in the Eighties, so I know how to crimp,” said Hardy. Candido finished the look with a graphic Mod-print black-and-silver manicure using Morgan Taylor Lacquer Little Black Dress as the base and Could Have Foiled Me, a silver metallic, as the accent. Finally, a third look represented Johnson’s punk rocker style in the late Sixties and Seventies. Thompson used Kryolan Illusion Palette to create a white eye with a deep black crease. Lips were glossed over in silver with High Gloss Pearl for a “really shiny” effect. Hardy created a Debbie Harry-inspired updo to match the makeup, first curling hair with a two-inch barrel iron, then adding texture with Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Paste. Nails were marbled and psychedelic — a combination of bright pinks and blues from Morgan Taylor Lacquer.
For its next men’s wear collection, @roberto_cavalli will show as a special guest at #PittiUomo, running from June 12-15. The brand, which has Florence in its roots, will relaunch its men’s wear collection, which will be presented separately from women’s wear for the first time since Paul Surridge was appointed creative director in May. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech at the @sxsw conference for @createcultivate, the online platform and conference series for women. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.