Beauty Spot: Couture Week round-up!

29 January 2010

This week we’ve been repeatedly wowed by extraordinary,  fabulous and otherworldly beauty looks from the couture shows.  Welcome to a world with no limits…

At Dior on Monday, John Galliano produced a set of highly theatrical, proud and ever so slightly intimidating equestriennes in riding habits, top hats, veils and wielding leather riding crops. Make up extraordinaire Pat McGrath conjured up the perfect complementary beauty look with high arched brows, perfect porcelain skin and matte red lips.

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Over at Armani Prive, the Spring Couture Collection meanwhile it was all about the moon, with tongue-in-cheek lunar references reflected in hair and makeup looks. Hairstylist Oribe created a slick voluminous and crescent-shaped updo while make–up artist Linda Cantillo used muted iridescent pastels for a soft, dreamy and feminine finish.

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Karl Lagerfeld’s “neon baroque,” “chemical pastels” and “liquid silver” references inspired Chanel's creative director of make-up Philip Green's beauty look.  Forget the black of seasons past, models sported bright paint-box lips, (watch out for the up and coming Rouge Allure lipstick in Genial – it will be HUGE) feline silvery smoky eyes and flushed contoured cheeks topped off with that enormous heart shaped streaked do.  Fabulous!

We L-O-V-E-D the rocky glamorous tough-girl look that Pat McGrath created for Riccardo Tisci’s girls at Givenchy but reckoned that the black and navy glittery eyes and bright-red lips were probably catwalk appropriate only. Until we saw this image of Natalia Vodianova at the after-show party that is... Blocked out brows removed, smoky eyes narrowed and hair taken down, she proved us totally wrong. Loving your work Natalia!

So Jean Paul Gaultier’s beauty look was truly otherworldly and had us marvelling at our computer screens for at least half an hour, because believe it or not and was it was in fact inspired, amongst other things, by none other that James Cameron’s 3-D movie Avatar. Tom Pecheux re-created iridescent bug-shells on the models eyes and metallic earthy lips, while Odile Gilbert teased hair into highly intricate and otherworldly designs.  Who would have thought?
- Rose Beer, Beauty Assistant


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