By  on September 14, 2007

Haute couture has always been the stuff of dreams. And this was no truer than during the fall 2007 shows held in Paris last July. Backstage at the shows, hairstylists and makeup artists worked their magic, weaving together disparate themes and materials. At Jean Paul Gaultier, for instance, hairstylist Odile Gilbert created crowns out of real hair—true extensions of models’ coifs that ended in ponytails. More morphing took place at Christian Lacroix, where she orchestrated undulating, faux jewel-, ribbon- and fur-bedecked dos. Gilbert said she took a cue from former Empress Sisi of Austria and from Africa. “You don’t know if it is fur or hair,” she said bemusedly. Makeup, too, belonged to the realm of fantasy, especially around the eyes. They were the focus on numerous runways, including Chanel, Armani Privé and Dior.  At Gaultier, where models’ eyes were encircled with color, makeup artist Tom Pecheux gleaned his inspiration from textile prints. Stéphane Marais, meantime, swept hues across eyelids at Lacroix, saying that with such an accent, models seemed “possessed.” Not so at Givenchy, where makeup artist Aaron de Mey said he was inspired by Catherine Deneuve for the “light, beautiful and sophisticated” look he created. Each fashion house might have had its own vision of beauty, but altogether, the women of the season looked strong and sophisticated.

Hairstylist Luigi Murenu created crimped bangs and slick chignons. “We always do soft, long hair for Givenchy,” he says. “This time, it has a little more of a punk attitude.”

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