GAL APPROVED Weekend: Betsey Johnson and Martini; Goodies at the Africans in America Docu-series Shoot!

By   |   January 18, 2013   |   Entertainment, Gal Approved

HONOR. Fashion guru Betsey Johnson has been designing professionally for more than 35 years, though she really embarked on her calling at age four when she made an apron. Now 70 years old, Betsey shared her quirky life path at Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis, a lively discussion series with fashion pioneers happening at the 92nd Street Y on the Upper East Side. Betsey’s most memorable moments included dressing actresses Julie Christie and Edie Sedgwick, as well as former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis; starting her own Betsey Johnson line with BFF Chantel Bacon; becoming a mom; overextending her brand and being reincarnated under the Steve Madden corporation. Martini at Betsey Johnson Fashion TalksThis spring, she’ll star with her daughter Lulu and offspring on her own reality series airing on the Style Network. “My greatest accomplishment is being a grandmother who lives in the same building as my grandkids,” Betsey declared. “I think it’s a comedy ΓǪ I laugh and Lulu cries.” Betsey thanked her “girls,” the legions of fans who have believed and supported her brand, many who got to meet their icon in a VIP reception after the discussion. There, the DivaGals sipped pink MARTINI Sparkling Wines — the evening’s host — and nibbled mini white and pink-iced cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery, the perfect complements to all things Betsey!

SAVOR. Models can’t eat cupcakes, right? Well, they can and do, if they’re made by Quinton Bailey, pastry guru behind FluffN’Stuff Simply Baked Goods. At the Africans In America docu-series shoot, the model/actress cast chowed down on apple cinnamon cupcakes made with applesauce and a chocolate blueberry cupcake infused with the healthy fruit. For those who threw caution to the wind, Quintin made strawberry and vanilla buttercream cupcake as well as peppermint butter cookies decorated like the Nigerian flag. You can get your hands on some stuff at

GLOW. Finding the right makeup colors can be frustrating. Not so with Inglot, where Africans In America shot their first episode. The makeup line offers literally thousands of shades for women (and men!) of every hue, and you know the DivaGals love that! Inglot’s Freedom System Magnetic Palettes allow you to build the perfect palette for your face, whether you use just two simple colors or 40! Inglot also has services at their Artist Lounge in NYC, from makeup applications to adding individual lashes. Fabulous!

photo credit: An Rong Xu for 92Y, Amanne Media Group, Inglot

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