How do you break up the monotony of a Monday afternoon? Quite simple: throw an 80s Day of the Dead-themed rock n’ roll party! Johnson Hartig, the creative force behind the house of Libertine, is known as the party boy of Fashion Week (just as Betsey Johnson is the reigning queen of Fashion Week fun), so it’s no surprise that a ticket into his runway show is a hot commodity.
Backstage, before the real shenanigans went down in front of an audience, the co-ed group of models got glammed up with big hair (think Amy Winehouse beehive), and were pampered with manicures featuring the craziest nail art I’ve ever seen. Somehow, with their poofy locks and finger flair, they managed to fit into their bizarre digs, which included oversized coats, bell-bottoms, and peplum mini dresses.
Everywhere you looked there was something magical. It was a hodgepodge of images from The Clash, to an assortment of colorful furry balls, rose patches, devil faces, and skulls.
Hartig directed his models to carry their phones with them during the finale. “I want you guys taking selfies!” The models excitedly screeched at the thought of this uncustomary procedure.
Sure enough, at the finale, after they had worked the runway, each model paraded down the maze-like strip, with their Halloween bling, fringe frocks, and, of course, their phones.