By  on March 4, 2014

PARIS — A host of influences converged to form the beauty look of the Alexander McQueen fall 2014 show, which was conceived by hairstylist Guido Palau and makeup artist Pat McGrath.

The duo said their references included the Elizabethan period and "The Lord of the Rings."

"This hair could be of the future, it could be from the past," said Palau, referring to the tight basket-weave braid he made coil around models' heads. On either side of their faces, some strands hang loose.

"This was something actually that Alexander really liked; he'd always do something short and have something very long," continued Palau, who was working with Redken products such as Hardwear 16. "He liked extremes."

McGrath also said they gleaned inspiration from nature – like moths and owls – as well as the punk aesthetic.

"So that's how we came up with feathers that look like huge punk eyes in a way but then have [a softness]," she said.

However, most of the models had gold and silver accents around their eyes. McGrath called the look "futuristic," "innocent" and "romantic."

Otherwise, models' skin was paled down and their brows bleached.

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