Betsey Johnson S/S 2011 Backstage

It was all bubbles and colors backstage at Betsey Johnson: vibrant balloons, bowls of candy, flutes of Moet, and racks upon racks of brightly colored clothes and accessories.  All of this made the scene (complete with confetti) one of the season’s most memorable.

During hair and make-up, Kelly Osborn popped in to say hello to the designer, causing a minor photographer frenzy.

The real treat, however, was getting to see the jewelry, hats, hair accessories, sunglasses, and countless other pieces that were piled onto the models during the runway show, as well as a close-up of the bold hair and make-up.

The quirky hair look was created by Redken, led by Peter Gray, who teased the models’ hair to create dreadlocks, curls, and ponytails that were tied with different colored bands.

I was told that the inspiration for this look – heavy on gels, creams, and pastes – was “athletic punk biker road kill.”

The Redken products used to achieve the look were Wool Shake 8, All Soft Heavy Cream, Rouge Paste 08, and Outshine. Perhaps it was not the most day-to-day wearable hair look, but the fun windblown effect of the styling was the perfect fit for the optimistic, bicycle-themed show.

The Barbie-esque make-up look was created by Stila, led by their pro artist, Sarah Lucero, who used One Step Make-up to even out the complexion. The Palm shade for Fiji Palette No. 5 was used all over lid and up to brow, while Caprice Long Wear Liquid Lip Color was used for the lips. A custom hot pink blush was used on the cheeks, and lots of mascara held together two pairs of NYX false lashes, layered on top of one another.

One of my favorite nail polish brands, Butter London, did the nails at the show. They applied the Pepto Pink shade to the models’ entire nail, before adding a stripe of Royal Navy, and a stripe of Yellow Cheeky.

I left the backstage area – Twizzler in hand – thinking to myself that there was possibly nothing better than Betsey Johnson’s unique style to cap off a Monday.