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The Best Beauty Looks From Paris Couture Week Fall Winter 2019/20

All of last week was dedicated to haute couture, as Paris Couture Week was in progression for its F/W 20 edition. The eagerly awaited bi-annual event brings together a curated selection of fashion houses, offering a window into the most-luxurious, otherworldly, and extravagant fashion moments that the industry has to offer. But this season was a bit different. While the runways were abundant with fantastical drama and jaw-dropping maximalist designs, juxtaposing the same were dialled down couture looks that were well, very wearable. A trend that, much to our surprise, trickled down to the make-up and hair departments as well. The result? A unique but refreshing coalition of over-the-top graphic looks offset by more natural make-up—the kind that can and should be channeled IRL.

So here’s looking at the most memorable beauty moments from Paris Couture Week—some that you can borrow, and some that are better left to the runways but a wonder to feast your eyes upon nonetheless.

Chanel

Image Credits: Chanel
Image Credits: Chanel

Virginie Viard’s debut couture collection for Chanel was showcased amidst a quaint double-storey library set. As models sashayed down the runway, one thing was clear, this was a nod to Chanel’s legacy, its founder Gabriella Chanel, and its creative director of 30 years, Karl Lagerfeld. To keep in accord with the streamlined silhouette, sharp lines, and soft tailoring, make-up artist Lucia Pica kept beauty minimal to the tee. Hiding behind oversized metal spectacles were perfectly winged eyes, healthy skin, strong brows, rosy cheeks, muted lips, and super-sleek ponytails. Very prim and proper, and very very doable. Welcome to a new era of geek-chic, the Chanel way.

Jean Paul Gaultier

Image Credits: Jean Paul Gaultier
Image Credits: Jean Paul Gaultier

In true couture fashion, Jean Paul Gaultier flooded the runway with optical drama. First the guests were greeted with champagne flutes and ice lollies; then, as the ̓80’s soundtrack echoed at the venue, models began strutting down the runway enveloped in what seemed like imaginative outerwear made out of conical hoodies and high-collar coats. The most gripping were the fur-prints on quilted jackets that looked like actual fur. Adding to the drama, make-up artist Erin Parsons swept the eyelids with a two-tone chrome finish eyeshadow, keeping the rest of the face bare, while Odie Gilbert dished out ’80s-inspired hairstyles—tight curls, voluminous updos, vivid dyes, et al.

Viktor & Rolf

Image Credits: Viktor & Rolf
Image Credits: Viktor & Rolf

Aptly titled ‘Spiritual Glamour’, Viktor & Rolf’s couture collection brought together dramatic shapes and exaggerated silhouettes rendered in innovative fabrics. The designer duo collaborated with textile developer Claudy Jongstra, integrating her environment-friendly fabrics into their designs to create patch-work dresses and 3D iterations of butterfly wings on sleeves. In tone with the larger-than-life setting, make-up artist Peter Philips brought a hint of punk with graphic cat-eyes, and mixed it up with metallic shades of gold, silver, blue, and copper, while the hair ran wild and free with voluminous layers of crimped locks as an ode to the ’80s. Do we sense a pattern?

Valentino

Image Credits: Valentino
Image Credits: Valentino

With Gwyneth Paltrow, Celine Dion, and Naomi Campbell in the front row, Valentino’s couture collection was met with great expectations and Pierpaolo Piccoli did not disappoint. Even though the collection had plenty of savoir faire and elegance, with drama to spare, it was the message of inclusivity that left the audience gasping. Lush with hyper-saturated hues and painstakingly detailed embroideries, each look trumped the other. And make-up genius Pat McGrath followed suit with majestic, iridescent glitter eyebrows drawn to match the vivid hue of the ensemble, followed by a pronounced cat eye that extended all the way under the rim, with neatly centre-parted hair tightly pulled back.

Givenchy

Image Credits: Givenchy
Image Credits: Givenchy

While Claire Waight Keller has only been designing couture for two years, she didn’t shy away from embracing extreme theatrics for this collection. Titled ‘Nobllese Radicale’, or radical nobility, the Givenchy fall couture runway came alive with opulent aristocratic looks rendered with a modern flair. Scruffy tweed dresses were followed by sharply-tailored separates and moulded silhouettes. And then came the gowns decked with layers of feathers, reminiscent of the feathered eyelashes that were seen at the SS Couture show. To offset the extravagant collection, the make-up and hair was visibly minimal. Skin was luminescent and almost bare, eyebrows strong and thick, while eyes were softly contoured, and hair was pulled back into tidy low-buns.

 

Featured Image: Chanel

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