There’s no other season in the fashion calendar that brings out the drama than couture season. For a few days, fashion journalists step away from the contemporary silhouettes, tried-and-tested tailoring techniques, and consumer-ready garments of the ready-to-wear season to plunge into the more meticulous world of high-fashion.
As such, designers who presented during Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week freed themselves from stereotypes and delve into a realm where brazenness, intricacy and other-worldly shrewdness enormity are the norm. Besides the imposing ball gowns that glided from two ends of the runway in perfect synchrony, the beauty looks that worked—in harmony or otherwise—with the pieces also received a deserving upheaval fit for the exclusivity of the haute couture garments on parade.
For the recently-concluded couture season, labels emerged from all corners and perspectives of beauty. Everything was a kaleidoscope of polarities as Versace remained faithful to their sexed up hair while Basil Soda went with a severely disheveled hairstyle. Others also put emphasis on the hair, including Georges Chakra’s extreme side-part, Elie Saab’s beautiful braided updo, Julien Fournié’s flared ponytail, Frank Sorbier’s messy-but-voluminous updo, and Yiqing Yin’s half-braided hair.
The makeup also commanded attention on the runway. Christian Dior dived into a pool of crayons with bright-as-candy eyeshadow, while Stephane Rolland went with a soft and natural lip. Valentino and Christopher Josse captured the freshest looks with their no-makeup makeup, while Iris van Herpen highlighted their models’ eyes with a white and frosty eyeshadow.
Facial and hair accessories also stood out as interesting attention-drawers, with Alexis Mabille’s antenna-like hair leading the pack for it was surprisingly sturdy enough to carry a charm on top. Meanwhile, Giambattista Valli sought the assistance of dainty butterflies to dress up the lips, faces and hairstyles of their models. Jean Paul Gaultier covered their models’ hair with a mesh headgear that delivered a sense of toughness to the entire look, whereas Chanel went with a chic beanie for a touch of casual femininity. Armani Privé, On Aura Tout Vu and Maison Martin Margiela all relied on facial accessories to finish their looks, which included a bejeweled veil, an eye patch, and a crystal-embellished mask.
The great adventure many designers embarked on to create these beauty looks may not fall within the confines of beauty norms, but this is couture season anyway. Click through the slideshow above to see the most beautiful, interesting and shocking looks from the Paris Haute Couture Week.
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