At New York Fashion Week, surprise cameos on the runway are a given. But the designer Batsheva Hay managed to truly shock with the casting for her fall 2019 presentation: Christina Ricci, the ever-elusive actress, turned up as a model in the show, where she appeared unrecognizable thanks to a blonde, curly hairpiece by the hairstylist Dennis Lanni.
In the NYFW show, Ricci descended down a spiral staircase in one of the brand’s characteristic flouncy dresses. She wore a mop-top wig with a red-and-black floral dress. At the bottom of the stairs, she, along with 25 other models, recited Courtney Love’s “Hole” lyrics, which complemented the vibe of the collection, which Hay described as being influenced by “me being taken around the Salvation Army when I was a teenager.”
Ricci also posted a photo of herself in Batsheva character to her Instagram page, writing in the caption, “My look at @batshevadress today! ❤️❤️❤️❤️.” The photo offered a closer look at the wig that made her so hard to spot, which was inspired by the clothes in the collection. As Lanni explained to Vogue about the extensions and wigs, “People tend to hide that, but I wanted to show the handmade work. It was a little bit like a fairy tale, a little bit Dr. Seuss.”