BETSEY JOHNSON S/S 2016: BACKSTAGE

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I had no idea when I arrived backstage at Betsey Johnson’s Spring 2016 show that it would be her last. After 50 years in the industry, Betsey has retired from showing at NYFW!

Betsey’s shows were always guaranteed to be a highlight of fashion week, a bright spot in the sometimes dreary and over-serious show calendar. From her cartwheels, to her vibrant collections, to her over the top beauty looks backstage, her shows definitely won the award for “most fun”.

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Danielle Candido for Morgan Taylor Lacquer created three incredibly looks to compliment the themes, AKA decades of the SS16 collection.

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First, there was a sparkly red manicure, akin to Dorothy’s ruby slippers in The Wizard of Oz.

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To get the look:
Apply one coat of Pretty Woman, followed by one coat of New York State of Mind glitter polish. Complete the nail by using 2 coats of glitter shade Rare as Rubies, and finish with Make it Last topcoat.

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Look two was a “graphic mod” nail, in black and white.

To get the look:
Use one coat of All White Now. Using a nail brush, paint on various sized lines using Little Black Dress, and Could Have Foiled Me.

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The third and final look was a psychedelic marbled manicure.

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To get the look:
Create a marbled nail using All White Now, Don’t Touch Me I’m Radioactive, Pink Flame-ingo, Sitting Pretty, Don’t Worry Be Brilliant, and Water Baby.

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The Kryolan makeup team created two looks to compliment the different themes of the collection. A dark, smokey eye, and a graphic rainbow eye/eyebrow!

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I’m so glad I was there to witness Betsey’s final show– which spanned all 50 decades of her career. She truly is a living fashion legend!

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See the full photo set here.

All Photos and Content ®2015-2016 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost

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SNEAK PEEK: SPRING/SUMMER 2016 NYFW DAY THREE

Katie Gallagher:

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Orange is the New Black’s Emily Althaus and Emma Myles

Tanya Taylor:

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Betsey Johnson:

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Ryan Roche:

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CHROMAT:

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BETSEY JOHNSON S/S 2013: BACKSTAGE

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The atmosphere backstage at Betsey Johnson is always more like a party than the hectic pre-show environment of most fashion shows. It’s the one show where models and press actually sip champagne, and munch on mini cupcakes, just like I always imagined fashion shows to be when I was growing up.

Another thing the show had in common with my childhood– crimped hair! Betsey herself served as the inspiration for the wild, chunky crimped look, created by AVEDA lead hair stylist John Reyman.

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Betsey Johnson Fall…1979

This has to be one of the most amazing fashion discoveries I’ve seen on youtube in a long time. A video from Betsey’s Fall 1979 show has appeared, featuring neons, spandex, prom dresses, and a Blondie and Sting soundtrack. Even better: the models dance, rather than walk down the runway.

There are about a dozen more videos from the 80’s-2010 on the official Betsey youtube page. No wonder Betsey continually hosts one of the most energetic runway shows of NYFW. She’s been doing it for decades!

Video via Style Like You

Best of Betsey Johnson S/S 2011

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Something happened to me the last quarter of 2010 that just seemed to make blogging harder than usual. Fashion Week took over my life, then the recovery from it. I started shooting more editorials and features. Then next thing I knew, I broke my foot, and life as I knew it hit a standstill. I’m still trying to catch up with the thousands of un-posted photos I shot this year. So I thought I’d start out with one of my favorite shows of S/S 2011: Betsey Johnson’s Le Tour de Betsey!

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The fun, happy energy is always one of the best things about Betsey’s shows.

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Betsey Johnson Tweezerman Designer Series Launch

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Last night, I braved Nyc’s latest weather weirdness to attend the launch of Tweezerman’s Designer Series at Betsey Johnson in Soho. Betsey and Tweezerman have teamed up to create a trio of designs incorporating the classic tweezerman usability with Betsey’s iconic prints.

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My trusty old plain black tweezers will now be retired in favor of a pair of these flashy pluckers. Next time I tweeze my brows, I’ll be using these skull print cuties:
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The event was jam packed full of guests, some of which sat down and had their brows done by Tweezerman pros:
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And of course, Betsey herself was there to join in the fun, posing for photos with everyone:

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Betsey is seriously adorable, always laughing or smiling.

Gala Darling was also there, and managed to grab a photo of her and Betsey posing with a magazine she was in. She’s wearing Betsey in the editorial!
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I got a chance to chat with Gala (and shoot her outfit for a street style submission!). She was another total sweetheart. I started reading her blog when I first moved to nyc. It’s always nice to meet bloggers you’ve been following for ages!

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I met a lot of fun people at the event! And of course I couldn’t leave with out getting a photo with Betsey:
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I just wish I didn’t look like I’d chopped all my hair off! : )

The limited edition designer series slant tweezers launch September 1st, at Betsey Johnson stores, and at Sephora! They retail for $25 each.

I’m happy to announce I’ll be doing a GIVE A WAY with two of the pairs of tweezers! I’m keeping the skulls, but the winners will have their choice of the rose and face prints. All you have to do to enter is comment! I’ll be choosing the winners (via random number generator site) on Saturday. Good Luck!
Edit: We have our winners! #51– Natalie and #2 Ashley! Thanks so much to everyone who entered!

See the full photo set from the event here.


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Getting in the Spirit of Fashion Week S/S 2011

Before the start of each fashion week, I love to go through the last season’s photos reminiscing about my favorite New York Fashion Week moments.

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I have some obvious favorites. But there are also hundreds of images that never get posted here, so I love re-discovering them sharing them with my readers.

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Just over two weeks to go! I’ve got a lot to do beforehand, but I’m excited. I’m also finally back from vacation, so I’ll be glad to start posting a bit more regularly in preparation. : )

You can see photo sets from every show I shot here.

Betsey Johnson’s 68th Birthday Bash!

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Last night Betsey Johnson was generous enough to host a public party in her Soho store for all her customers and fans. Let me tell you, Betsey has a LOT of both!

I’m not sure how old I was personally when I first discovered Betsey Johnson, but I remember her being the first fashion designer I was really aware of, and later, in love with. Maybe it was years of reading Seventeen and YM, dreaming of someday going to Prom that first exposed me to Betsey. But her aesthetic, the tutus, crazy patterns, and bright colors weren’t far off from what I grew up wearing–my mother used to dress me in similar clothing from an amazing local boutique, sort of “betsey lite”, as a child.

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Twenty odd years later, I never would have imagined I’d be going to Betsey’s fashion show, let alone her birthday bash in nyc! Before she had even arrived, the store was nearing capacity, with customers of all ages filling every corner of the boutique. I made a few rounds, taking photos and eating delicious mini treats, then decided to go outside to get some air. I ended up making the smart choice, because soon after, Betsey herself arrived–or so we thought.

A pink stretch mini-cooper containing several Betsey lookalikes arrived first:
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Not long after, surprise! Betsey appeared across the street from the store, wearing a gorgeous pink dress, and riding a pink bike:

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Betsey and the lookalikes posed on the pink carpet:

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Betsey was touched when PAPER magazine’s photographer brought her some old fashion show photos as a birthday treat:
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Betsey then went inside the store to meet and greet customers, and of course, be sung “Happy Birthday”.
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Everyone working the event was dressed in their best Betsey finery, including their intern!
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I went for a more heat conscious approach, but made sure to include some sparkle in my outfit, to get in a festive mood:

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Random old black tee, long earrings from Arden B circa 2002, and a tank/vest from All Saints.

I think I left a trail of sequins all over New York City!

Kind of like the heart rose petals blowing up and down Wooster Street from the party:
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I had so much fun at Betsey’s birthday bash, and feel incredibly lucky that I got to personally wish Betsey a happy birthday. If this is what she does for her 68th, I can’t wait to see what she has planned for her 70th!

See the full photo set here.