Beauty risks rushed the runways at Paris Fashion Week to magical effect
This season, the looks went from understated to outstanding and we are swooning!
Known for a cool-girl, barely-there type of beauty, the French houses stepped up their beauty game, proving that even though they are often subtle, they rule the game when it comes to high fashion looks. Gloss over lipstick, super slick hair with a twist and creating a new focal point on the face were top of mind for makeup artists and hair stylists while working backstage. Bottom line: Paris had some fun this season from a beauty standpoint. And that's something we are totally behind.
The Trend: Slick wet hair turned on its head
The Shows: Alexander McQueen, Thom Browne, Dries Van Noten Esteban Cortazar, Vivienne Westwood, Maison Margiela, Proenza Schouler
The Details: The slick, ultra wet hair at Thom Browne was enhanced with a swipe of glitter creating an otherworldly vibe, while at Alexander McQueen, glossy, wet-look tresses were weaved through pearl encrusted chokers creating a rain-drenched effect, perfectly reflecting Sarah Burton's hometown status. While at Dries Van Noten, slick side-parted ponytails created by Sam McKnight popped thanks to a fine stripe of sparkles placed down the part line.
The Trend: Playing with shadow and liner in the C zone
The Shows: Valentino, Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano, Rochas
The Details: At Valentino, makeup artist Pat McGrath played hits of bright fuchsia dusted in a C shape hugging the outer corner of each eye, and at Vivienne Westwood models sported pastel hues all over the face, landing most noticeably beside the eyes, while at John Galliano and Rochas, gel liner was graphic and winged out into the temple—all making a case for the C zone to be a new focal point for makeup.
The Trend: Cropped hair
The Shows: Balenciaga, Esteban Cortazar, Louis Vuitton, Sacai, Celine, Stella McCartney
The Details: Stella Tennant opened Balenciaga with her signature brown pixie, and Louis Vuitton had multiple model sporting cropped bobs or pixie cuts (Janaye Furman was the first black women to open at LV, and did so with close-cropped locks), it was Loane Normand's feather light pixie at Sacai (a bright spot amongst a sea of centre-parted, mussed up low pony tails), that had our undivided attention.
The Trend: Gloss over lipstick
The Shows: Chanel, Haider Ackerman, Gypsy Sport, Leonard Paris, Sonia Rykiel
The Details: Gloss popped up again at the shows, proving that the French aren't always so laissez faire when it comes to beauty. At Sonia Rykiel, a coral lip was only slightly wet looking; on the other spectrum at Gypsy Sport, one model had lips so glossy they looked like they were dripping. In between, Chanel celebrated full-on '80s makeup with a shiny coral pout paired with a deep aqua eye. At Haider Ackerman models wore wet-look, deep red lips.
The Trend: Smooth, glowing skin
The Shows: Olivier Theyskens, Stella McCartney, Off-White, Moncler Gamme Rouge, Balmain, Emanuel Ungaro
The Details: Dilone in a one-shoulder rust coloured sweater was a glowing vision on the Stella McCartney runway, with ultra-hydrated skin, both face and body. At Olivier Theyskens it was more of the same, where at Off-White, models put their super supple legs on full display. The girls at Moncler were made up to look like dancers fresh from spending an hour at the studio, with glowing face and body to match. Lesson here ladies? Grab your dry brushes and body oils to achieve a glorious body glow come Spring 2018.